Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 79A requires that assistance and benefits be provided to displaced residents and businesses as a result of a real estate acquisition by a public or private entity (collectively, Displacing Entities) using public funds in a project. This includes the taking of real property by eminent domain, negotiated sale, or for purposes of rehabilitation, demolition or other improvement.
The Bureau of Relocation (BOR) administers this law and ensures that Displacing Entities provide displaced persons all the requisite services and assistance, including but not limited to: 1. payment for actual moving expenses; 2. at least 120 days advance written notice to vacate; 3. assistance in finding a suitable and/or comparable replacement homes or business sites; and 4. an explanation of the Displacing Entity's grievance process.
Some of the types of projects that have recently triggered the requirements of MGL Chapter 79A are: construction and expansion of courts, schools, libraries, public parking facilities, public facilities (e.g. skating rinks, convention center), fire and police stations; transportation and mass transit improvements; public parks and open space initiatives; hazard mitigation projects; watershed/environmental protection initiatives; expansion of higher educational facilities; housing initiatives; and implementation of Urban Renewal plans.
Laws, Regulations, Guidelines
FHWA - Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Act
Web-Based Training on the Federal Uniform Act (free of charge)
Bureau of Relocation Decisions
Federal Uniform Act Frequently Asked Questions
FHWA - URA and RPAA Jan 2005 Final Rule Side-by-Side Comparisons
For additional information, please call the Division of Community Services at 617-573-1408