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Tenants Urge State Intervention As Evictions Ban Expires

The state legislature voted Tuesday to extend and reinstate provisions requiring landlords to give tenants a notice to quit for nonpayment of rent and protecting renters from eviction while their rental relief applications are being processed. These protections don’t address verbal eviction warnings or help tenants who might never make it to housing court, according to attorney Joey Michalakes with Greater Boston Legal Services. Michalakes says many tenants aren’t made aware of available resources and legal protections. “A lot of tenants don’t know their rights. A lot of folks, even before the pandemic, get a notice to quit, get scared and move out,” he said. “The most common thing that I see in my practice are undocumented folks who don’t want to interact with the legal system and in any way, really.”

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