A bill was signed into law by Governor Baker on Monday (April 21, 2020) that places a moratorium on eviction and foreclosure actions related to residential property and includes limited protections for small businesses. Small businesses, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, with fewer than 150 full-time equivalent employees that operate only in Massachusetts and are not publicly traded are protected by the statute.
UPDATE: On July 21, Governor Baker extended the current moratorium on evictions of residents and certain small businesses and non-profits and residential foreclosures in Massachusetts for an additional 60 days. The moratorium will now expire on October 17. The moratorium was originally set to expire on August 18, but the law passed by the legislature in April provided that the Governor could extend it in increments of not more than 90 days each, but no later than 45 days after the COVID-19 emergency declaration is lifted.
Click here to view the extension announcement.
UPDATE: On April 24, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, as directed by the Act, issued regulations with guidance for landlords and tenants on complying with the Act, as well as forms and recommendations for notice and documentation that non-payment of rent or mortgage payments is due to a financial impact from COVID-19. Click below to view the regulations.