Commercial and Residential Evictions


Owning residential and commercial real estate can be a very lucrative business, but it certainly comes with its fair share of headaches.  This is especially true for those who venture into the landlord-tenant arena.  Being a landlord can at times be quite challenging, and the odds are overwhelming that at some point in time a landlord will run into issues with a tenant.  In both the residential and commercial realm, landlords should be extremely cautious in selecting quality tenants, but even then, there can be no certainty as to whether a person or business will ultimately work out.  It is for this reason that it is always advisable to have a reliable and trustworthy attorney who is well-versed in landlord-tenant law on standby.

The eviction procedure is known as "summary process" in Massachusetts and "trespass and ejectment" in Rhode Island.  Evicting either a commercial or a residential tenant can be difficult, and particularly so when the tenant chooses to fight.  Not only may the tenant mount a defense against the eviction itself, the tenant may actually go on the offensive by asserting counterclaims.  No matter how outrageous or untrue, the landlord must take counterclaims seriously and vigorously oppose them.  Given the potential for a legal entanglement, a landlord who has decided to be his or her own attorney does so at his or her own peril.  Indeed, a landlord who shows up in court alone with minimal knowledge of the law may very well get caught completely flat-footed.  The fact of the matter is that an unrepresented landlord assumes a significant risk if things go awry at the courthouse.  This principle counts double in a commercial eviction given that commercial leases are almost always more complex than standard residential leases.

An attorney who knows his way around the courtroom, and who is able to hit any curve ball thrown by a tenant, is a major benefit to any landlord.  The alternative, to try to go it alone and hope for the best, is just far too risky.

D. Baker Law Group, P.C. is highly experienced in handling residential and commercial evictions.  Attorney Baker routinely appears in court on eases and is both a skilled negotiator, which is often needed, and an accomplished litigator.  If you are a landlord in need of assistance with your residential or commercial portfolio, D. Baker Law Group, P.C. is an excellent choice.


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