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–
In April 2020, amid rising numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts signed emergency legislation that put a hold on residential evictions and foreclosures. While the legislation provided much-needed relief for those who were struggling to pay their rent during the global pandemic, the legislation has since expired and many are wondering what’s next for the state and its many renters. Here’s an overview of what you should know about the April legislation and current rules pertaining to evictions–
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–