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This section of the website includes documents for related to housing issues. For foreclosure defense materials, including materials for tenants living in property that has been foreclosed on, go to the Foreclosure Defense library section.  The Eviction Process Online Course for Housing Court Lawyer For the Day Volunteers is available here.

Additional materials about housing for the general public can be found in the housing section of MassLegalHelp.org. If you are a legal services advocate, don’t forget to log in to access restricted materials.

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Temporary Order Establishing an Eviction Moratorium in the City of Boston

08/31/2021 - Boston Public Health Commission - lock_open
See attached order providing: Notwithstanding G. L. c. 186, G. L. c. 239 or any general or special law to the contrary, no... Read more

Key Standing Orders Impacting Summary Process

12/15/2020 - Massachusetts Court System - lock_open
Links to key standing orders impacting summayr process are below: Housing Court Standing Order 6-20 District Court 10-20 Boston... Read more

Summary and Analysis of Federal CARES Act Eviction Moratorium

04/28/2020 - National Housing Law Project - lock_open
On March 27, 2020, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) into law... Read more

Updated Answer and Discovery Forms - Revised in light of CDC Moratorium

11/02/2020 - MLRI, et. al. - lock_open
The attached Answer and Discovery Forms have been updated to include defenses and related discovery requests relevant to tenant defenses... Read more