Important information about your housing rights and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Due to the ongoing public health crisis, all non-emergency Housing Court matters have been postponed to a date after June 1, 2020. All deadlines associated with non-emergency eviction cases, such as filing an answer, have also been extended to April 21, 2020. If you are concerned that you need to appear in housing court for a case during this time, you should contact the Western Division Housing Court at (413) 748-7838. See more information about the Western Division housing court here: COVID-19 Housing Court Updates
- If your landlord has turned off your heat or attempted to lock you out of your apartment, it is an emergency and you should contact the housing court immediately. Further information about your rights is available here: COVID-19 and Evictions in Massachusetts Handout from Mass Legal Help
- If you are having legal issues due to a loss of income because of the COVID19 pandemic, you can contact Community Legal Aid 855-CLA-LEGAL (855-252-5342) or apply online at https://communitylegal.org/get-help/how-get-help
- If you have any questions about these resources or your fair housing rights related to the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact the Mass Fair Housing Center by phone at (413) 539-9796 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have compiled the following links to help you understand your housing rights and the resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic: