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Do I have to pay rent during the COVID-19 state of emergency?

Produced by Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts and Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed August, 2021

Yes. Pay your rent like you normally do and get a receipt.

If you cannot pay rent, talk to your landlord right away. Tell your landlord why you cannot make rent. Keep any papers you have that show reasons you cannot make rent. For example, if you got a letter or an email about losing your job or getting your hours cut.

Even if you cannot pay rent, your landlord cannot make you move out without going to court. 

If your landlord tries to get you to move out:

See COVID-19 and Housing. If you need help paying your rent see Where can I get help paying my rent?  

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