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Judge strikes down landlord’s extra apartment fees

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From the Herald:

A federal judge this week dealt a blow to apartment giant Equity Residential, saying the upfront, nonrefundable fees it has charged Massachusetts tenants — including “amenity,” “move-in,” application and pet fees — are illegal because they violate the state’s security deposit law.

“The judge found … the security deposit statute limits to certain enumerated charges what the landlord can charge (before or) at the commencement of the tenancy, and those are first month’s rent, last month’s rent, a security deposit and a charge for a lock and key installation,” said David Pastor, a Boston attorney representing three former Equity tenants.

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