Statewide Virtual Meeting Wed Sep 8: Are Eviction Moratoriums the New Normal?

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The Supreme Court looked the other way, then the CDC extended their eviction moratorium through September. Then the Supreme Court changed their mind, spurring Boston to enact their own moratorium. And Massachusetts may also enact "state moratorium 2.0", shutting down the courts for swathes of the population. Is this just what it means to be a landlord post-pandemic?

At this event, we will discuss:

  • How the President acknowledged the CDC moratorium is likely unconstitutional;
  • What federal litigation caused it to end;
  • Moratoriums in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Framingham;
  • How the state legislature is being asked to create a "state moratorium 2.0"; and
  • What litigation might be brought to bear against all this.

Calling potential plaintiffs: Federal rental assistance was available at incomes up to 80% of AMI, meaning roughly $38,650 for households of two. But the CDC moratorium covers households up to $198,000. So isn't there a takings argument for the huge number of households in the gap? If your nonpayment case fell in the gap, we want you at this event. Also, if you are impacted by a municipal moratorium, we want to hear what is going on.

Attendees will

  • Hear about our legal options if the state enacts a new moratorium,
  • Come forward with your CDC-covered, rental assistance ineligible renter, if applicable, and
  • Come forward with your municipally-covered renter, if applicable.
Attorney Jordana Roubicek Greenman
Attorney Jordana Roubicek Greenman
Attorney Richard Vetstein
Attorney Richard Vetstein
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Peter Vickery is an attorney at Bobrowski and Vickery LLC and MassLandlords Legislative Affairs Counsel

Part of this presentation will be given by Attorney Jordana Roubicek Greenman. She is an attorney and a title agent for First American Title Insurance Company and WFG in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Attorney Roubicek Greenman has a solo practice with a main office in Watertown and additional office in Downtown Boston. Her practice consists of a broad range of real estate-related legal matters, including commercial and residential landlord/tenant disputes, condominium association representation, general real estate litigation and commercial and residential real estate closings. Attorney Roubicek Greenman has a well-respected reputation for aggressively advocating for her clients' goals and ensuring beneficial outcomes at a reasonable cost. She was among the first attorneys to take legal action in response to the unfunded eviction moratorium.

Part of this presentation will be given by Richard D. Vetstein, Esq. Attorney Vetstein is founding partner of Vetstein Law Group, P.C.. He is a nationally recognized real estate attorney and litigator. Recently, Rich was lead counsel in the successful federal legal challenge to the Massachusetts Eviction Moratorium, which received national and statewide publicity. Rich's legal analysis has been quoted in the Boston Globe, Banker & Tradesman, Wall Street Journal's, Bloomberg News, and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Mr. Vetstein has also been selected as MetroWest Boston's Best of the Best Lawyers, and one of Inman News' 100 Most Influential in Real Estate. He is the former Co-Chair of the Boston Bar Association's Title & Conveyancing Committee. A dedicated advocate for property owners, Rich was instrumental in the passage of the Act Clearing Title to Foreclosed Properties, and has testified at the State House in support of the Rent Escrow Bill and many other landlord legislative initiatives. An intense advocate, Rich's efforts led to the indictment of a criminal syndicate in one of the largest real estate forgery schemes in Massachusetts history.

Part of this presentation will be given by Peter Vickery of Bobrowski & Vickery, LLC. Attorney Vickery practices law in Western Massachusetts where he focuses on landlord-tenant law (representing landlords in Housing Court) and discrimination defense (representing business owners in the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination). He graduated from Oxford University (Jesus College) with a BA in Modern History; obtained his Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of the West of England in Bristol; his JD from Boston University School of Law; and his Masters in Public Policy & Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Attorney Vickery served one term on the Governor's Council (the elected 8-member body that approves or vetoes the governor's choice of judges in Massachusetts) and on the State Ballot Law Commission. As Legislative Affairs Counsel for MassLandlords he drafts bills, bill summaries, and testimony in the area of housing law, and writes amicus briefs in cases that have strategic significance for rental-property owners.

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Rich Merlino, MassLandlords Board of Directors, invites you to come as you are.
Rich will moderate networking time.
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Networking time will be moderated by Rich Merlino. Rich has managed apartments since 2003 and prides himself on his mostly plagiarized systemization of each aspect of property management (learn from the best!). He is a member of the MassLandlords Board of Directors.

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Wednesday, Sep 8th

Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 5:00pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 5:40pm Business Update
  • 6:00pm Are eviction moratoriums the new normal?
  • 7:00pm Virtual meeting ends

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