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Baker Extends Moratorium On Evictions, Foreclosures In Massachusetts

System - Friday, July 31, 2020


Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has extended the state’s moratorium on evictions and foreclosures for another 60 days. The law will keep tenants and homeowners impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in their homes during the state of emergency, even if they can’t make their rent or mortgage payments. 

During the pause, landlords are prevented from sending notifications to residential tenants that threaten eviction.

The Baker Administration notes the law “does not relieve tenants or homeowners of their obligation to pay rent or make mortgage payments.”

Lisa Owens, Executive Director of City Life/Vida Urbana says this is a move in the right direction but she is calling on the Legislature to do more by passing a bill that would protect renters and homeowners from eviction and foreclosure for a full year.

The bill would also cap rent prices at pre-covid-19 levels.

“Our state has record unemployment right now and people are struggling to pay their bills,” Owens said.

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