Mayor Walsh says city trying to help residents facing eviction stay in their homes

Walsh also addressed reports of a video of a Black jogger stopped by men sporting ICE badges on the VFW Parkway in West Roxbury.

“It was a disturbing video to watch. It was unacceptable in so many ways,” said Walsh. He said ICE has “not confirmed or denied” whether their agents were in Boston, and that he spoke with the jogger Wednesday morning depicted in the video.

“Incidents like this have no place in our city” or nation, Walsh said, adding that he’s reached out to Boston police with a request that they contact federal authorities to see what’s happening.

“Clearly he was shaken up yesterday,” Walsh said of the jogger. “It’s still unclear why this happened.”

Walsh was joined at the news conference by city Health and Human Services chief Marty Martinez, who reported that the rate of positive coronavirus tests has crept up to a level the city

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Renters, landlords need legislative eviction relief

With time running out for financially struggling renters, it appears Gov. Charlie Baker wants the state Legislature to step up and decide those individuals’ fate.

Baker signed a moratorium in April blocking most evictions and foreclosures for several months, aiming to avoid housing disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He later extended its expiration to Oct. 17, which he could do again in 90-day increments. The ban doesn’t cover rents due before that April directive.

Baker hasn’t made any public pronouncement concerning the expiration of the moratorium.

Three landlords previously tried suing the state, alleging the ban breaches the Constitution’s contracts clause and prevents them from exercising free speech, petitioning the judiciary and acquiring compensation for unlawful land taking. While their suit failed, even the judge who upheld the ban apparently questioned how long this arrangement can continue.

“I think this affirms the principle that we as legislators are protecting the

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Report: Court intervention could prevent eviction wave

BOSTON (SHNS) – The Massachusetts judiciary should intervene to prevent a potential surge of tens of thousands of housing removals that could hit when the state’s temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures expires this month, a regional planning agency urged in a new report.

At least 80,000 households in Massachusetts, including both renters and homeowners, will struggle to cover the costs of both housing and basic needs this month, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council concluded after studying unemployment and Census Bureau data.

With the moratorium expiring on Oct. 17, it is likely too late for policy solutions such as increasing rental assistance, offering legal assistance to tenants, or implementing foreclosure protection for struggling landlords, the council representing 101 cities and towns in the greater Boston region said.

Instead, the group directed its message to the state’s Housing Court and to the Baker administration.

Judicial leaders should delay all non-essential eviction

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Landlords warn eviction ban bill would lead to foreclosures, slums

A bill that would halt evictions and freeze rents for a year after Gov. Charlie Baker lifts the coronavirus state of emergency has cleared its first major hurdle but faces staunch opposition from landlords who say it would lead to foreclosures, slums and worse.

“The further people get behind in their rent, the less likely they will ever be able to pay it. If we don’t deal with this problem and we wait another year, there’s a lot of money that will never get paid,” said Greg Vasil, CEO and president of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board. “It’s the property owners who lose. We’ll see foreclosures and properties will start to fall into disrepair.”

The eviction protection bill cleared the Joint Committee on Housing in a 14-3 party-line vote on Thursday. Proponents say the bill aims to keep tenants in their home after losing jobs due to the pandemic.

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Eviction moratorium ends as coronavirus deaths continue to mount

Five days after allowing all businesses in the state to reopen so idled workers can return to their jobs, Gov. Ron DeSantis lifted a moratorium that protected people from losing their homes during the pandemic.



A West Palm Beach Emergency Management employee shows off masks that the city's Fire, Police and Emergency Management Departments are distributing to 17 elementary, middle and high schools in West Palm Beach city limits Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The distribution of approximately 26,000 reusable, washable cloth masks is the city's effort to ensure students in the city have facial coverings when in-person schooling resumes. The masks were donated by Palm Beach County, purchased with funds from the CARES Act. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by congress. [LANNIS WATERS/palmbeachpost.com]


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A West Palm Beach Emergency Management employee shows off masks that the city’s Fire, Police and Emergency Management Departments are distributing to 17 elementary, middle and high schools in West Palm Beach city limits Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The distribution of approximately 26,000 reusable, washable cloth masks is the city’s effort to ensure students in the city have facial coverings when in-person schooling resumes. The masks were donated by Palm Beach County, purchased with funds from the CARES Act. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, is the $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill passed by congress. [LANNIS WATERS/palmbeachpost.com]

With a nearly six-month moratorium on evictions

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Cuomo Extends Commercial Eviction Moratorium to Oct. 20

Governor Andrew Cuomo (Getty; iStock)

Governor Andrew Cuomo (Getty; iStock)

Commercial tenants are getting a small reprieve from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

New York’s moratorium on commercial foreclosures and evictions will be in place until at least Oct. 20, Cuomo announced on Friday. The moratorium was set to expire Sept. 30, but the governor signed a new executive order extending the ban for another month.

But the state allowed commercial eviction warrants to be issued beginning Sept. 4 for cases that commenced before March 17, and some of those cases may now proceed.

Under Cuomo’s original order from March, initiating a proceeding or carrying out a commercial eviction for nonpayment of rent, or foreclosing on a commercial mortgage due to nonpayment is off limits.

The initial moratorium on evictions also included residential evictions and foreclosures, but those provisions have not been renewed. The initial blanket protections have been replaced by state legislation, according to Cuomo’s executive

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Gov. Ron Desantis lets Florida’s COVID-19 eviction moratorium expire

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCJB) -Governor Ron Desantis permitted his executive order banning evictions and foreclosures on those experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic to expire, Wednesday.

In a press release, the governor’s office said the expiration allows eviction protections to be handled by the Centers for Disease Control. At the federal level, there is currently a ban on evictions and foreclosures for those who fit particular criteria.

To be protected from losing their homes people must apply through the CDC. Under penalty of perjury, residents must assert the following points:

I certify under penalty of perjury, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1746, that the foregoing are true and correct:

• I have used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing;1

• I either expect to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or

no more than $198,000 if filing a

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DeSantis will let Florida’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium expire

For the first time since Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a moratorium in April, Florida will be without its own statewide protections against evictions and foreclosures during the coronavirus pandemic.

DeSantis announced Wednesday evening that he would be allowing the state moratorium to expire at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. In a news release, his office cited the federal order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that freezes some evictions. For that order to apply, tenants must submit a specific declaration form to their landlords, saying, among other things, that they have experienced a “substantial loss of household income” and have made best efforts to seek government assistance.

In the release, DeSantis spokesman Fred Piccolo said the governor was allowing the moratorium to expire “to avoid any confusion over whether the CDC’s evictions order should apply in a particular circumstance.” Since the federal order was announced, lawyers and court staff

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Cuomo extends eviction, foreclosure protections to 2021

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Wolf won’t extend state’s eviction moratorium, office says


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration reiterated Monday that he will not extend his executive order

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