Landlord-Tenant Attorney in Massachusetts Wins Cases for Clients

Protecting clients’ rights for more than 35 years

Respected real estate firm James A. Peterson creates solutions for landlords and tenants. We successfully bring tenants comfort that they are living in a stable, well-maintained home, while preserving the profits and equity of landlords who are working hard to run a successful business. For more than 35 years, we have committed our substantial knowledge about real estate, contracts and property rights to helping Salem-area clients:

  • Draft rental leases
  • Resolve landlord-tenant disputes
  • Evict irresponsible or nonpaying tenants
  • Successfully defend against unjust evictions
  • Demand return of security deposits that have been unfairly held
  • Collect from nonpaying tenants
  • Uphold tenants’ rights against discrimination
  • Help landlords maintain the integrity and profitability of their properties


Drafting solid leases for property owners

Both landlords and tenants can avoid potential problems by having a well-drafted contract that enumerates all rental terms. James A. Peterson discusses the particulars of your property and its occupancy and constructs clear, detailed leases that cover all aspects of your rental agreement. When you present a lease to a prospective tenant, you will feel confident that you are absolutely in compliance with Massachusetts law and that your rights are protected should a dispute arise.

Protecting tenants’ rights to security deposits

Massachusetts law specifies the usage, retention and return of security deposits. If your landlord fails to follow these strict regulations, James A. Peterson can help you to collect what is due to you. We first pursue the most cost-effective route of demanding payment from your landlord. If necessary, James A. Peterson assertively defends your rights in court.

Resolving an eviction crisis

Eviction is disruptive to both the landlord and the tenant. The landlord must spend the time and money to replace tenants who fall behind on rent, and the displaced family must locate a new home under traumatic circumstances. With this scenario in mind, James A. Peterson helps mediate disputes when eviction is undesirable. If you are a tenant who unfairly faces eviction, James A. Peterson protects your right to remain in your home. If you are a landlord whose tenants are engaged in disruptive, illegal or damaging behavior, James A. Peterson helps you to protect your property and your business.

Contact a Salem, Massachusetts real estate attorney for a free initial consultation.

Call James A. Peterson at 978-744-2450 or contact us online to schedule your free 30-minute consultation at our Salem law office.