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Can my landlord make me move-out if they have a judgment?

Produced by Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School
Created April 30, 2020

Probably not.

 Massachusetts has a new law that stops almost all evictions during the coronavirus emergency.  This is a moratorium on evictions.  Your landlord can only evict you if you put the health and safety of others in danger.

You cannot be moved out before August 18, 2020, or until 45 days after the governor ends the state of emergency, whichever is sooner. The Governor can extend the moratorium so it does not end before the state of emergency ends.

 Your landlord needs to get an execution from the court to move you out.  Right now, your landlord can only get an execution if you put the health and safety of others in danger. 

If your landlord got a judgment because the court decided you put the health and safety of others in danger, then ask the judge not to give your landlord an execution:

Fill out a Stay of Execution form. Call your housing court and ask how to file it. The judge will meet with you over the phone or in a video conference. The judge will decide:

  • If your case is an “emergency matter,” and
  • If they will give you a “Stay of Execution.”  

If they give you the “Stay of Execution,” then you can stay in your home.

See the Statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 emergency

Learn more about Challenging a Court-Ordered Eviction.

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