Housing and Planning Group Proposes Expansion of RAFT Program

By Kimberly Rau, MassLandlords Writer The Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) has proposed an emergency budget recommendation to put an additional $50 million towards funding the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. The proposal, which was sent to the Massachusetts House and Senate in May, focuses on…

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Letter from the Executive Director for August 2020: Political Opportunism

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In July the forces arrayed against consensus-oriented policy worked furiously to achieve partisan goals before the end of the legislative session. None passed, but now the session has been extended through to January. All the worst ideas therefore remain under consideration, requiring sustained opposition from housing providers. The eviction moratorium…

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Amendments to Economic Development Bill would Cancel Rents

Facing the prospect of losing their fight to get rent cancellation as a bill of its own, Representatives Connolly, Honan and others have filed amendments to an economic development bill (H.4879 “An Act enabling partnerships for growth”) that would enact rent cancellation, transfer taxes on multis, rent control, and other…

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How to File Written Testimony Against Rent Cancellation 191 H.4878 HD.5166 S.2831 SD.2992

The rent cancellation bills have a hearing scheduled for Tuesday July 28. Every landlord must provide written testimony against these bills. We have written about these bills before: Rent Cancellation bills 191 HD.5166, SD.2992 Open Letter re: H.4878 HD.5166 Rent Cancellation Board of Directors Statement on Eviction Moratorium, Rent Cancellation…

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Open Letter re: H.4878 HD.5166 Rent Cancellation

To All Members of the Massachusetts General Court, The email sent Wednesday, July 15, 2020 4:44 PM by Representative Mike Connolly RE: H.4878 HD.5166 S.2831 SD.2992 the COVID-19 Housing Stability Act contained errors and omissions which are here corrected. First, it is important to state that the members of MassLandlords,…

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Rent Cancellation bills 191 H.4878 HD.5166, S.2831 SD.2992

There is a bill before the legislature that represents an existential threat to residential real estate rentals: H.4878 HD.5166 An Act to guarantee housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery H.4878 HD.5166 and its sister bill S.2831 SD.2992 would: Cancel, not postpone, cancel rents for the period March 10,…

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