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Massachusetts has very little in the way of protections against parties who buy "fixer­uppers". We have a law that requires that there be smoke detectors installed and that a smoke detector be obtained. We also have a law that requires that there be a working septic system under our Title V law. If you buy a property "as is and where is" without any warranties or representations whatsoever then you better be prepared for the onslaught of problems that can exist with any type of "fixer upper". Be prepared to deal with local building, health, zoning, and various other municipal departments that will undoubtedly take a great interest in your purchase. I generally recommend that my client have me review the "building jacket" at the city or town to determine if there are any outstanding health and/or building code posted violations. As a matter of fact it is better to do this even if you thing every thing is wonderful with the property you are about to buy.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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