Even a smooth and successful home renovation project can be an enormous source of stress for a homeowner. Often, homeowners feel powerless and overwhelmed when the inevitable hiccups arise in a renovation project due to the high cost and because the work may occur within one's living space. For these reasons, and in recognition of the inherent imbalance in bargaining position once a renovation project is underway, homeowners should be aware of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 142A, also known as the Home Improvement Contractor Act.
As a foreign attorney representing a party whose business dispute is governed by Massachusetts law, you might want to learn about the rights available under the consumer protection statute in Massachusetts, M.G.L. c. 93A. Massachusetts General Laws c. 93A, § 2 (a) makes unlawful any "[u]nfair or deceptive acts or practices in the conduct of any trade or commerce." This prohibition is "extended to those engaged in trade or commerce in business transactions with others similarly engaged" by M.G.L. c. 93A, § 11.