Janey rolls out ban on evictions

Following a state-level ban on evictions that expired in October 2020 and a federal ban that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down in August, acting Mayor Kim Janey on Aug. 31 announced a municipal eviction moratorium for the city of Boston.

The ban, which falls under the control of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), aims to prohibit the delivery of a notice of levy, the final step in an eviction process that indicates a court has mandated the physical removal of a tenant from their apartment.

The moratorium also mandates that landlords who want to enter a tenant’s rented unit for any purpose must inform tenants at least 48 hours in advance and give the residents a chance to reschedule the entry time.

According to the Mayor’s Press Office, the 48-hour window is designed to give tenants the ability to better avoid potential COVID-19 exposures.

Unlike the federal moratorium,


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