My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Massachusetts.
I've been searching Massachusetts law for anything that will be helpful to me, but have found very little.
I am in college and am renting the top floor of a home converted into two apartment units. I am renting the top unit with a few of my friends.
The lease states that parking is not included in the lease and parking on the premises is prohibited without the express permission of the landlord. We contacted some person, not the landlord, who handles the parking spaces because we were interested in renting one. (There is a driveway, garage, and somewhat paved backyard area.) We asked about the rent for the parking spaces, and he told us it was 135 a month, which is fine considering that in Boston parking is seriously in demand. However, we asked what happens to the unsold spaces and the person told us that they get rented to other people, essential strangers parking their cars and coming onto the premises at any given time. There are doors with access to our apartment in those areas, which makes me nervous for security reasons. Additionally, it seems a bit deceptive to have rented this to us without us knowing that there would be strangers milling about the property all the time. No one told us that the unused space would be used for that. I feel like I'm not getting what I am paying for... considering he's gouging us for rent and is now renting out space to strangers. When we were shown the property, there was one car in the driveway, which is reasonable. To have cars parked around all the time and to have people always on the property that arent the downstairs tenants isn't what I was shown. There is nothing in the lease stating what use we have of the backyard, nor does it say anything about space being rented. Additionally, what is he allowed to rent as parking? Can the backyard get rented? We figured that we'd be able to use that, even though it is not expressly stated in our rent that we have use of the backyard. Even if we don't have the right to use that, can he rent out what is essentially a backyard as parking? Plus, if they are disruptive, wouldn't that be violating our right to quiet usage of our space?
I'm a little bit skeptical of this secondary person we had to contact, as well. Seems a bit shady.
Please help me!