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–
When government officials in the United States and Massachusetts first realized the economic toll that the pandemic was having on businesses and individuals, they acted to put protections in place. For example, in April 2020, Governor Charlie Baker signed an executive order that placed an immediate hold on most residential evictions. While the moratorium provided many with much-needed, yet temporary, relief, the executive order has since expired in our state. For renters who have questions about the current state of eviction laws and what other forms of relief may be introduced, consider these answers to some frequently asked questions that our law firm has heard–
The coronavirus pandemic that has swept the world has left many unemployed, led to a country-wide recession, and affected many people’s ability to work and earn an income. As a result, many homeowners have faced anxiety regarding their ability to make their mortgage payments on time or in full. Recognizing the potential catastrophe, the Massachusetts legislature passed a law on Monday, April 20, 2020 temporarily banning nearly all eviction and foreclosure proceedings throughout the state. Here’s what you need to know about the legislation and the state of foreclosure law in Massachusetts today:
Buying a home is a big undertaking. As you navigate things like a buy-sell agreement, your budget and fair market value, and an inspection, another important consideration is what to do if you’re thinking of buying a home with tenants in Lynn. Indeed, buying a home with tenants who are already living within the home can complicate things – tenants have important rights, and whether or not you decide to maintain the tenants, you’ll have certain obligations as the property owner. At the law office of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, our Lynn real estate attorney can assist you in buying a home with tenants. In the meantime, here’s a brief overview of what you should know–
Data published by the United States Census Bureau shows that in Massachusetts, the owner-occupied housing rate is only 62.4 percent, which means that about 37 percent of people in our state choose to rent their homes. These rental properties include apartments, condos, townhouses, mobile homes, and single-family homes, all of which could serve as the location for a serious injury or health issue suffered by a tenant. If you are someone who has been harmed on your rental property, you may have a claim for damages against your landlord. Call our experienced personal injury lawyer, Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, to learn more.