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What if I already had an eviction case in court before the moratorium was passed?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed July 22, 2020

Your case is covered by the moratorium as long as your landlord does not claim there was criminal activity or lease violations endangering the health/safety of others. For eviction cases covered by the law:

  • All deadlines in your case are put on hold as long as the moratorium is in effect.
  • No court hearings can be scheduled.
  • Courts cannot enter judgments, including agreements for judgment, or issue orders to evict, “executions.”
  • Sheriffs and movers cannot move you out of your home.

How long does the moratorium last?

The moratorium is in effect until October 17, 2020.

The Governor can extend the end date of the moratorium so that it does not end before the end of the state of emergency.

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