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 a memorandum highlighting the new requirements as well as guidance on how to comply with the new law, click here.