Legal Questions & Answers

Can I Sue My Tenant For Money Damages If I Commence A Summary Process Action?

In Summary Process, a landlord can sue the tenant for rent, even where the underlying reason for the eviction is not for nonpayment. Within the Summary Process Complaint form provided by the court is a section entitled Account Annexed. It is in this section that the landlord can specify the months that rent is owed. The landlord, however, cannot attach to the Complaint a demand for money for other types of damages. The landlord must institute a separate case to recover other types of alleged damages.