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CDC Mortarium Extended Through July 31, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that their CDC Eviction Moratorium would continue through July 31, 2021. The original moratorium, which was due to expire June 30, 2021, has been extended to July 31, 2021. The CDC has made it clear this is the last extension of the moratorium. The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious threat to national health. To stop COVID-19 spreading, it is essential to keep people inside their homes and away from congregated settings such as homeless shelters.

The CDC Eviction Moratorium in Massachusetts will remain in effect unless a court orders otherwise (which is unlikely). The moratorium allows new and existing eviction cases but does not stop any forced move-outs. It applies to all nonpayment cases as well as some cases that are “no-fault”.

Rent Assistance Protections and Notice To Quit Extended

Governor. Baker signed a bill, now codified as Chapter 20 of Acts of 2021, which extended certain Covid-19-related eviction protections to tenants. Chapter 257 of Acts of 2020 imposes a temporary stop on eviction cases. It also allows tenants to apply for short-term emergency rental assistance. Tenants and landlords alike have taken advantage of the federal funding to help pay down their rent arrears and secure new housing. The stay for cases involving RAFT applications is extended to April 1, 2022. The new rules that govern the language to be used in quit notices were also extended by the new bill. Notices of nonpayment must still include language regarding renter rights until January 1, 2023. Notifications to quit due to nonpayment must be copied to the state until January 1, 2023.

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday

Author Arthur Hardy-Doubleday

Arthur Hardy-Doubleday practices law in Cambridge and Martha's Vineyard Massachusetts. He works in the areas of Real Estate, Personal Injury, and Consumer Protection Law. When not practicing law, Arthur enjoys sailing, hanging out with friends on the beach, and waking his dog "Ridiculous."

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