In the state of Massachusetts, residents are encouraged to stay at home to the extent possible and to exercise social distancing when not at home. As per specific orders, Governor Charlie Baker has extended the limit on gatherings in the state until February 8, 2021. Executive orders aside, though, everyone knows best practices for preventing the spread at this point: stay inside when you can, maintain six feet of distance when around others, wear your mask, and if you’re going to see someone, do it outside.
For many renters throughout Massachusetts, the coronavirus pandemic has made making monthly rent payments on time and in full impossible. With high levels of unemployment plaguing the state, businesses shuttered, and many wondering how they’ll afford to put their next meal on the table, tenants state-wide are struggling to get by. While the landlord-tenant relationship can be intimidating, it’s important to know that you have legal rights. Here’s what you should know about tenant rights during the coronavirus pandemic, including what to do if you have been threatened with eviction–