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Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, with assistance from legal services offices in Massachusetts
Reviewed January 2022

When you get a Summary Process Summons and Complaint, file your Answer as soon as you can.

Use the Answer to:

  • Defend your rights,
  • Explain to the judge why your landlord should not evict you, and
  • Tell the judge what the landlord did wrong. 

Print this booklet and follow the instructions to complete your Answer.

Or use the Massachusetts Defense for Eviction (MADE) free online Answer form tool: GBLS.org/MADE

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