Mayor Walsh announced tonight that several landlords have agreed to not evict tenants for at least 90 days or as long as the commonwealth is under a state of emergency due to Covid-19, and that a group representing Boston-area landlords is asking its other members to honor that commitment as well.
These actions, in partnership with property owners throughout Boston, are intended to protect residents during the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), which has prompted states of emergency at the state and federal levels. Property owners are encouraged to implement a moratorium on evictions that could be in effect for 90 days, with reviews every 30 days.
Our primary focus in Boston is protecting our residents and ensuring they are safe and healthy as we work to stop the spread of coronavirus. Housing stability is crucial at this time, and I thank the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and the property owners throughout our City for working to minimize the disruptions to our residents during this challenging time.
Actually forcing landlords to not evict tenants would require legislative action, but the agreement announced by Walsh includes Trinity Financial, Winn Residential and the Community Builders, which manage hundreds of apartments in Boston.
Also signing on: The Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, which represents several Boston non-profit housing groups and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and its Massachusetts Apartment Association, which represent landlords across the city. Greg Vasil, CEO and president of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board said:
The halting of evictions will apply to those who are directly impacted by economic loss due to the coronavirus outbreak. We understand the pressure residents are feeling during this crisis, and ensuring Bostonians have a safe, stable home is always our goal.