In Massachusetts, the state Sanitary Code is the main law that gives tenants a right to decent housing. All rental housing must at least meet the state Sanitary Code.
The Housing Code Checklist will help you protect your right to safe and decent housing. You can also use it to defend against an eviction because a tenant’s duty to pay rent is based on the landlord’s duty to keep the apartment in good condition.
Below you can access the Housing Code Checklist (revised March 2021) as a fillable PDF.