On December 31, Governor Baker signed into law Chapter 257 of the Acts of 2020 into law, which makes important changes to the requirements associated with sending a Notice to Quit. The New Law also affords tenants the right to seek a stay during such time as they have a pending application for rental assistance. It was attached to the late arriving General Appropriation Bill, as lawmakers attempted to get the budgeting cycles back on schedule for fiscal 2022.
During the budget deliberations, GBREB monitored over 2,000 Amendments that were offered including 777 Amendments that were filed in House and 475 offered by lawmakers in the Senate. Among those that were not included which GBREB opposed were amendments to extend the eviction moratorium, establish a real estate sales tax, dilute 40B, and require anyone who cleaned a drain to be licensed.
For the first time in 25 years the legislature amended its rules allowing them to continue working in a lame duck session through the end of the year. The current two-year legislative cycle will end on January 5th and new lawmakers will be sworn in the next day to begin a new two-year session. GBREB will be providing a subsequent update on several big bills before the legislature including a climate change and emissions reduction bill and economic development bill once time for debate expires at midnight on January 5th.
Please visit the Legal/Advocacy section for updated and guidance on how to comply with the new law.