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Democrats demand a 12-month moratorium on paying rent, but housing providers have already sacrificed enough.


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WOBURN — Reacting to legislation filed by Beacon Hill Democrats that would extend a mandatory stoppage on evictions for a full year even after the COVID-19 state of emergency order has been lifted, Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons issued the following statement:

“Those who provide housing, undoubtedly an essential service, happen to be Massachusetts residents tasked with shouldering some of the biggest burdens in the commonwealth since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Forcing housing providers to suspend collecting monthly rent for a full year even after the emergency order ends, which the Democrats are trying to do, is a massive overreach. 

“Massachusetts landlords never once received a bailout, they must still pay mortgages and property taxes, and an irresponsible demand like the 12-month moratorium on rent payments proposed by the Democrats will throw them into a free-fall from which everyone involved — including tenants — will suffer.”

The original state moratorium on evictions approved in April expires on Aug. 18. 

Formal legislative sessions are still scheduled to end for the year on July 31. 

The legislation filed by Democrats in the House can be found here:

The legislation filed by Democrats in the Senate can be found here: