The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development has denied MassLandlords’ request to see where rental assistance was spent, or where applications were denied. The result is that $400 million of our public funds were spent in secret, with no public oversight. Landlords should be outraged.
Real estate industry leaders and landlords lined up in opposition to a bill on Beacon Hill that would revive the state eviction moratorium, arguing that the hundreds of millions of dollars that remain available in rental aid prevent any need for the temporary ban.
Some pandemic-era policies that had expired on Tuesday – such as requiring judges to stay eviction cases while a tenant seeks state rental aid – were quickly extended Wednesday after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill sent to him by state lawmakers.