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Updates regarding Early Learning Center and Foreclosure/Eviction

4/21/2020 | Tabitha Desplaines

Early Learning Center Update: 

Governor Baker announced today that he is extending the closure of all child care centers until June 29, 2020. This is very sad for us as we miss all of the children so much, but we understand the need to keep everyone safe.

Parents please reach out to us if you need anything, you can:

  • Message our Facebook page
  • Join our Facebook parent group
  • Our staff will continue to call you weekly to check in
  • Accept the invitation you have been/will be sent for the Class Dojo app
  • Call or email Tabitha (413-263-6500 x6521; tabithad@springfieldpartnersinc.com or Jenniffer (413-263-6500 x6522 jennifferg@springfieldpartnersinc.com)

Updates regarding foreclosure/eviction: 

 

Governor Baker signed into law the strongest eviction and foreclosure moratorium in the country (H 4647). This is truly a collective and critical win to keep people safe at home.

A factsheet on the law will be available shortly but for now, Mass Law Reform has provided this summary of what the law provides:

For tenants: the moratorium temporarily halts all stages of eviction, specifically:

  • Stops landlords from sending notices of eviction and filing new eviction cases
  • Stops courts from scheduling non-emergency hearings, entering judgments (including agreements for judgment), and issuing executions
  • Stops sheriffs from levying on executions to remove tenants
  • Applies to most evictions with limited exceptions for true emergencies involving conditions or conduct endangering the health and safety of others
  • It also prevents late fees and negative credit reporting for COVID-19 affected tenants

For homeowners in 1-4 family owner-occupied properties it temporarily: 

  • Stops residential foreclosures from going forward
  • Requires lenders to offer a mortgage forbearance for homeowners affected by COVID-19, with payments added to the end of the loan
  • Prevents negative credit reporting for homeowners in forbearance
  • Gives landlords access to tenants' last month's rent to cover expense
  • The moratorium also pauses evictions on small businesses and makes it easier to access reverse mortgages. 

 

The moratorium will remain in effect for either 120 days from today or 45 days following the end of the state of emergency, whichever is sooner.  This can be extended by the Governor to ensure it does not end before the state of emergency is lifted plus a reasonable time period. 

Please call one of our foreclosure/eviction counselors if you have further questions.  Gus 413-263-6500 x6545 Steve 413-263-6500 x6567.

 

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