Boston issues temporary eviction moratorium
Details to come; copy of new order not available
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
LANDLORDS AND PROPERTY owners will be barred from seeking to evict tenants in Boston under a new city-level moratorium acting Mayor Kim Janey announced Tuesday afternoon.
Five days after the US Supreme Court struck down the Centers for Disease Control’s eviction moratorium and under pressure from rival candidates for mayor, Janey said the Boston Public Health Commission’s interim executive director signed a public health order temporarily banning residential evictions in the city.
A copy of the order was not immediately available, but Janey’s office said it took effect immediately and “prohibits landlords and property owners from pursuing tenant eviction proceedings in the City of Boston.”
Both the moratorium and the foreclosure prevention fund, which Janey said would be detailed more next week, are part of what the acting mayor called a “Housing Stability Agenda.”
“The loss of federal eviction protections and the ongoing pandemic has put our most vulnerable neighbors at risk of losing their homes,” Janey said. “I am implementing a housing stability agenda to continue Boston’s public health recovery with emergency assistance for renters and homeowners who need help.”President Joe Biden has called on state and local leaders to “urgently act to prevent evictions” in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.
Beacon Hill leaders so far have not indicated any interest in reviving a state-level eviction moratorium and have encouraged renters and landlords to take advantage of hundreds of millions of dollars still available in rental aid.