The GLLA Communicator

We are a community group serving and helping Local Merrimack Valley Landowners get information and socialize.

Here for Latest News


Q.My tenant gave me a 30-day notice that he was going to vacate his apartment February 28 but he didn’t move out. Do I have to give him a notice to quit to evict him?
A. No. Notices to quit merely terminate the landlord/tenant relationship. Once it is terminated, the landlord can usually have a constable or sheriff serve the tenant with a summary process complaint (eviction complaint). If your tenant is a “tenant-at-will” and gives you a 30-day notice to quit, he is essentially telling you that he is terminating the relationship and is vacating the apartment. If he fails to leave, you can then have him served with the summary process complaint without giving yet another notice. This is because there is a statute that provides that “Estates at will may be determined by either party” by giving a 30-day notice to quit. (M.G.L. c186, s.12). “Either party” is you or the tenant and “determined” essentially means terminated. So, although it is usually required that a landlord give some form of notice to quit before serving a tenant with the eviction complaint, in this case the landlord can rely on the notice the tenant gave that terminated the relationship.


Recent Census Bureau data reveals that only 1 in 10 Americans moved between 2015 and 2016, marking the lowest level of renters or homeowners to relocate since the agency started keeping track of data in 1948, a trend exacerbated by the housing crash — which led Americans to be cautious and cling to their homes and rentals. Yale Law School professor David Schleicher said homeownership subsidies, more land-use restrictions, the increased use of occupational licensing and municipal bankruptcies are the main culprits, Construction Dive reports. Schleicher said relocation subsidies targeting residents trapped in poor areas could help create more movers. While the overall mover rate is low, more affordable regions of the country, like parts of the South, Midwest and Rust Belt, experienced increases in migration. According to, smaller markets, including Denver, Nashville and Orlando, are likely to see housing demand grow this year.