Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Notice

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My voucher was terminated but I am still in the unit. Do I have to leave?

Produced by Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School
Created May 5, 2020

During the COVID-19 state of emergency, most people do not have to leave their apartment, even if your voucher was terminated.

If your voucher administrator is in the process of terminating your voucher.

The administrator should keep paying their part of your rent until Massachusetts is no longer in a state of emergency. Most housing authorities are not terminating vouchers during the state of emergency.1 But, if the administrator says:

  • You are a danger to your neighbors because of violent or drug-related criminal activity, or
  • You have been abusive or confrontational to your voucher administrator's employees,

they may still try to terminate your voucher.

If you get a letter from your voucher administrator that says your voucher is terminated, you can challenge the administrator’s decision. You have until the end of the state of emergency to challenge the loss of your voucher. You may have more time if the rules change.

If the voucher administrator terminated your voucher.

Your landlord is no longer getting money to cover part of your rent.  There may be options for emergency rental assistance to help cover the loss of your voucher. See Where can I get help paying my rent?  Talk to your landlord about a payment plan. Your landlord must take you to court to force you to leave. Even when the health crisis is resolved, only a judge can order you to leave. 

Your landlord cannot send you a notice to quit or serve you a summons and complaint for unpaid rent while there is a state of emergency.

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