According to Massachusetts Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations, a tenant should take photographs of the existing condition of an apartment if she disagrees with any portion of the landlord's statement of condition for future records.
If a landlord evicts a tenant for breaching an existing rental agreement, the tenant can sue her landlord through the Massachusetts Housing Court system. The Massachusetts Housing Court has jurisdiction over landlord and tenant problems pursuant to the Massachusetts landlord and tenant act. A landlord can evict a tenant only by filing a "Notice to Quit" if the landlord is evicting a tenant before the end of the lease term. The Massachusetts Housing Court allows tenants and landlords to use photographic evidence of housing code violations and inspection summaries filed in accordance with the commonwealth's habitability and housing ordinances.