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COVID-19 eviction information

Provides current court standing orders, information on the CDC eviction moratorium, court forms, and data on evictions in the Trial Court.

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Introduction

The state's pause on evictions expires on October 17, 2020. When the state moratorium expires, a federal moratorium established by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) will become effective in Massachusetts. Through December, the CDC moratorium will prevent evictions for non-payment for qualified tenants who submit a written declaration to their landlord. Courts will accept filings and process cases, and may enter judgments but will not issue an order of execution (the court order that allows a landlord to evict a tenant) until after the expiration of the CDC order. Protection is limited to households who meet certain income and vulnerability criteria. 

In addition, the Trial Court has changed its procedures to provide for a two tier process that will enable tenants and landlords to access resources and mediate their disputes in order to preserve tenancies.

More information on the eviction process, and required forms, can be found below.

Trial Court administrative and standing orders

CDC moratorium information and form

The CDC eviction moratorium order, often referred to as the “CDC Order,” may provide protection from eviction for non-payment of rent to people who meet certain requirements. 

CDC order

Temporary halt in residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control, Sept. 4, 2020.
The order itself.

Information about the order

Trial Court frequently asked questions about the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) eviction moratorium order

Frequently asked questions about the CDC halt in evictions, Centers for Disease Control.

Form

Form: Declaration for the CDC's temporary halt in evictions to prevent further spread of COVID-19
Under the CDC’s order, each adult listed on the lease or rental agreement must provide a written notice to their landlord. This form is strongly recommended, but you don't have to use it. Any written document that you give to your landlord will comply with the Order, as long as it contains the same information as this CDC declaration form.

Court forms and information

Eviction forms and information sheets
Housing information and court resources for Boston Municipal Court, District Court, and Housing Court.

Eviction statistical data

 

All Residential Eviction Cases, Non-Payment of Rent: View new cases filed, plaintiffs, and defendants.

All data is compiled from the Trial Court's case tracking system Masscourts. Dashboard is updated on a weekly basis. For the Boston Municipal and District Courts, cases filed include eviction cases based on grounds other than non-payment of rent. These cases are few and represent a small proportion of eviction cases overall.

Last updated: November 30, 2020
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