What is "just cause"?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Created October 2010

If you are a bona fide tenant, the bank cannot evict you unless it has just cause (a good reason).

Some examples of just cause are:

  • not paying rent;
  • disturbing other residents;
  • creating a nuisance;
  • not allowing landlord in to make repairs.

The bank cannot evict you just because it wants you to leave. Wanting an empty building is not just cause.

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