Massachusetts Defense for Eviction (MADE): Self-Guided Eviction Help

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This completely free guided interview is for Massachusetts tenants who are being evicted. It is estimated to take between 25 and 90 minutes for a typical tenant to use on their own. It will help you make sure that you respond to your landlord's eviction case correctly. It can send you reminders of important dates by text and email. It includes videos and educational links. By choosing to use this system, you accept our terms of use.

If you are in a clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services offices, click the "Clinic" link. Otherwise, click "Start interview". Learn more about MADE.

Before you begin you will need to locate:

1. The Summons and Complaint you received from your landlord.
notice to quit
2. Notice to Quit or Notice to Terminate Tenancy, if you received one from your landlord. There is no standard form and it might not look like the sample.
notice to quit
3. Access to a printer. You may be able to print the finished interview at your nearest Court Service Center.

News and Updates

There will be two upcoming trainings on using MADE to respond to the COVID-19 eviction crisis, in September 2020 and October 2020. View our slides and recording of past trainings below.

We produced a video training in the Summer of 2020 that explains how to use MADE.

Recording of training

Links to More Information

Information about Housing Law and Tenant Rights on

Other housing forms

Ask the court to order your landlord to fix bad housing conditions, get a temporary order, stay an eviction, or remove a default


Get help solving problems that need to be repaired with your housing. Send a letter to your landlord, call an inspector, or get help from a judge.

Get other legal help

Use the Mass Legal Resource Finder to find free or low cost help from legal aid organizations that serve your city or town.