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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The Trial Court has temporarily changed its procedures in summary process (eviction) cases to provide for a two-tier process. The first-tier court event will enable tenants and landlords to mediate their disputes and explore available resources, such as rental assistance.

Expiration of certain eviction protections

A new law provides certain tenant protections applicable in summary process (eviction) cases for nonpayment of rent, including mandatory continuances (pauses) and stays of execution (delayed evictions) pending a rental assistance application.  See St. 2023, c. 28Also, landlords are required to provided additional notice forms in summary process (eviction) cases for nonpayment. See G.L. c. 186, s. 31.

Trial Court administrative and standing orders


Under G.L. c. 186, s. 31, landlords must give their residential tenant(s) an additional informational form with any notice to quit for nonpayment of rent. See G.L. c. 186, s. 31; see also Notice to Quit attestation form and submission information.

Affidavit of Compliance with G.L. c. 186, s. 31
In summary process (eviction) cases for nonpayment of rent, plaintiff-landlords must also provide the court with an affidavit (statement) swearing they followed the law under G.L. c. 186, s. 31.

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 7, 2023

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