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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Moms 4 Housing-inspired bill becomes California law

A bill signed into law this week reduces the home-buying power of corporate interests in California — a nod to the famous Moms 4 Housing movement that sought to put property back into the hands of local residents.

  • OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 1: Moms 4 Housing activists hold a Board of SuperMOMS protest outside the County of Alameda Administrations building in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CA – SEPTEMBER 1: Meloday Sage attends a Moms 4 Housing Board of SuperMOMS protest outside the County of Alameda Administrations building in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

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  • OAKLAND, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Moms 4 Housing members Misty Cross, left, Tolani King, second from left, and Dominique Walker, right, meet with civil rights attorney Walter Riley, center, outside the Wiley W. Manuel

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