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What if my landlord agrees to dismiss the case?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute with assistance from legal services offices in Massachusetts
Created May 2017

What if my landlord agrees to dismiss the case?

Sometimes, a landlord will agree to dismiss or drop the eviction, if you give up your claims against the landlord. Often getting the eviction dropped is exactly what you want.

  • If you see language that says you agree to “dismiss the case without prejudice,” it means you can take your landlord to court later if you have any claims against them now.
  • If you see language that says you agree to “dismiss the case with prejudice” it means you cannot take your landlord to court if you have any claims against them now. Be careful. Only agree to dismiss the case “with prejudice” if the landlord dismisses the eviction or other claims “with prejudice.”

 

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