Massachusetts’ Strong Tenant Protections Weren’t Enough To Stop Evictions

Massachusetts had some of the nation’s strongest tenant protections during the federal CARES Act’s eviction moratorium, with thousands of residential evictions suspended in state court and a block on the filing of most new cases.

But a two-month investigation of the federal and state moratoriums by Boston University journalism students, in collaboration with the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, found holes in safeguards against evictions for Massachusetts tenants emerged soon after the laws took effect.

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