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News :: Gentrification : Organizing
Petition for a Just Cause Eviction Law
25 Mar 2016
Dear Mayor Walsh and Boston City Council,

This year, Boston was found to be the most economically unequal city in the US. We are also one of the most rapidly gentrifying cities in the country, and the 4th highest in foreign development speculation. As wages remain stagnant, housing costs have skyrocketed. Renters are 68% percent of Boston’s population, and over half of them are rent-burdened by the US Dept of Housing & Urban Development’s definition (pay more than 30% of income for housing). This puts thousands of families, especially low income & working class communities of color, at risk of being pushed out.

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Massachusetts law allows all landlords - whether owner-occupants, giant real estate corporations, or foreclosing banks - to evict tenants in privately owned, non-subsidized housing “no-fault.” Renters in market-rate housing can be evicted after their lease expires – or any time, if they don’t have a lease – without having done anything to cause or deserve the loss of their housing. In hot rental markets like Boston’s, the no-fault eviction procedure gives speculators the green light to buy and sell buildings based on a business plan of displacement for higher profits. It also gives foreclosing banks a perverse incentive against working out solutions to keep homeowners in their homes under fair terms.

Homeowners and tenants have come together to introduce Just Cause Eviction legislation to put the brakes on displacement by protecting vulnerable renters and owner-occupants. A Just Cause Eviction law would:

Halt building clear-outs by large property owners and bank evictions of former homeowners post-foreclosure.

Require large property owners and banks to provide a Just Cause for eviction, and to notify the city when terminating a tenancy for a cause other than nonpayment or tenant violation of the rental contract.

Ensure that tenants know their legal rights and resources available to prevent homelessness.

Provide the City with a means of collecting data on displacement due to evictions and rent increases.

The law is targeted to cover large property owners. It would completely exempt owners of 4 or fewer units who live in one of them; and student dorms, nonprofit-owned healthcare/rehab/transitional housing, public & subsidized housing.

I want to join the Right to Remain Coalition to fight for our right to remain, reclaim and rebuild Boston. I call on my elected officials to support a Just Cause Eviction Law.

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Re: Petition for a Just Cause Eviction Law
07 Apr 2016
I have lived in Dorchester my whole life. After enduring a lifetime of crime and economic hardship, the community is finally becoming gentrified and ridding itself of the "pitbull" crowd and the violence. The area is much better without the ignorance. If people can't afford the rent they should move.