With eviction moratoriums set to continue in Massachusetts through at least Dec. 31, the future isn’t looking any more certain for tenants or their landlords.
A federal judge allowed the state’s temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures to remain in place, a decision outlined in a Thursday ruling that prompted parties on both sides of the issue to see positives.
Critics call it everything from an empty stall tactic to an outright political ploy. The measure would forbid landlords from evicting anyone for failure to pay rent, providing the renter meets four criteria. The order comes as many local and state eviction bans are set to expire.
A lawsuit seeking to end the state’s eviction moratorium has been denied a preliminary injunction by a Suffolk Superior Court judge.
MassLandlords members plan to sue the state to force action – not on ending the eviction freeze, but on making sure landlords get reasonable compensation for housing tenants who can’t pay rent.
A federal judge in Boston on Monday denied the attorney general’s request to let the state courts decide a challenge to the COVID-19 moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, concluding that the time sensitivity of the case and nature of the challenges under the federal Constitution warrant a decision.
More than 315,000 Massachusetts tenants have little to no confidence that they will be able to pay rent in August, according to survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau, a figure that one tenant advocate group said indicates as many as one in three renter households could soon face eviction.
Landlords who are unable to remove non-paying tenants due to a statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures face “potentially devastating” economic harm, an attorney argued in Suffolk Superior Court Thursday.
Judges at both the state and federal level will hear arguments over the next two weeks about whether the temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures Massachusetts implemented is unconstitutional.