The federal moratorium on evictions is set to expire on Saturday.
The expiration comes as thousands of eviction cases have already been filed in Massachusetts, following the lapse of the state's moratorium last October.
This spring, the state legislature passed some eviction protections that protect tenants from eviction until next April — but that's only if they are in the process of applying for rental assistance from the state.
There's a lot of moving parts and deadlines here. So, what does this all mean for renters and landlords, particularly with an uncertain future in this still ongoing pandemic?
We hear how renters are navigating this time from Rachel Heller, CEO of the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association. Also, we hear the landlord perspective from Doug Quattrochi, executive director of the organization MassLandlords.
If you or someone you know is facing some eviction, here are some resources:
- Call 2-1-1 to get information on where to go for help.
- Apply for rental or mortgage assistance anywhere in the state: https://www.masshousinginfo.org/
- Apply for rental or mortgage assistance in the Greater Boston area: https://www.metrohousingboston.org/
- Get legal assistance anywhere in the state: https://evictionlegalhelp.org/about/
- Information on COVID-related housing assistance and eviction diversion initiative: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/emergency-housing-payment-assistance-during-covid-19
- General information on resources available: https://www.chapa.org/housing-courses/covid-19-immediate-assistance
This segment aired on July 28, 2021.