In a February 16 article, The Standard Times highlighted the Volunteer Lawyers Project’s (VLP) Landlord Advocacy program, which is providing free legal assistance to landlords with low incomes in Massachusestts. An excerpt from the article is below.
His tenant had not paid rent for close to a year, and the landlord filed an eviction action based on nonpayment of rent.
On the day of trial, with the help of housing court mediation, and the presence of the Wayfinders group, the landlord and tenant were able to enter into an agreement requiring the tenant to immediately apply for RAFT/financial assistance to cover the full rental arrearage and the case was continued to allow for the tenant to file.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association represented the landlord for his next two court dates.
This case study is one example of the support landlords can receive if they are struggling to collect rent and make mortgage payments.
The statewide advocacy program focusing on the financial well-being of small, low-income landlords who are often elderly, non-native English speakers and/or people of color aims to take the pressure off.