Legislative Materials in Support of Just Cause Eviction
Testimony was provided to the Joint Committee on Housing in a Public Hearing on May 19, 2009 for House Bill 1232, requiring just cause evictions, among other foreclosure bills. These bills were eventually submitted as "An Act Relative to Mortgage Foreclosures" and adopted as Chapter 258 of the Laws of 2010. Section 6 of c. 258, prohibiting post-foreclosure evictions of tenants except for just cause, was codified as G.L. c.186A and went into effect August 7, 2010.
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- Testimony from Massachusetts legislators
Legislators submitted letters detailing the harms faced by families, neighborhoods and municipalities if potentially thousands of tenant family displacements due to post-foreclosure eviction were not stopped.
- Testimony from Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL)
MAAPL submitted various reports, news articles and fact sheets regarding the effect of Massachusetts foreclosures on tenant families and neighborhoods across the Commonwealth.
- Testimony from Boston Medical-Legal Partnership
Testimony from JoHanna Flacks, Senior Staff Attorney of Boston Medical Center, and from Dr. Genevieve Preer, detail some of the costly medical harms that can accompany family displacement from evictions, stressing the impact it can have on children and other vulnerable populations.
- Testimony from tenants via City Life/Vida Urbana
Tenant families testified as to their commitment to their homes and neighborhoods and the harms to both that their evictions could cause.
- Miscellaneous testimony presented to the Joint Committee on Housing
Testimony was presented on the market share of foreclosures controlled by the top 25 lenders, on the effect of foreclosures on affordable housing and homelessness, and on neighborhood stabilization programs begun in 2007.
- Testimony from tenant coalitions on post-foreclosure evictions in 2007
- The Boston Tenant Coalition and Camelot United Tenant Association testified in 2007 as to the effect of these;evictions on fair housing, people of color, and vulnerable moderate and low income families.