The HOMES ACT
As soon as an eviction is filed, a tenant has an eviction record. Regardless whether a tenant did something wrong or was actually evicted, the mere fact that they were party to an eviction or housing case is unfairly being used against tenants when they try to rent an apartment. Even winning in court hurts tenants.
Unlike criminal records, there is currently no process to seal eviction records, and the records are available online. Children are also being named in eviction proceedings, impacting future housing options for minors.
To address this issue Senator Joe Boncore, Rep. Mike Moran, and Boston Councilor Lydia Edwards have proposed the HOMES Act – An Act Promoting Housing Opportunity and Mobility Through Eviction Sealing.
S. 824 and H. 3566 will protect tenants from being unfairly branded with an eviction record if they don’t have a judgment against them, if they weren’t actually evicted or if they didn’t do anything wrong. The bill would:
As a landlord I understand the need for due diligence when choosing a tenant. But as an advocate and Chair of Housing and Community Development, I know how hard many people are struggling to find a home. The HOMES Act balances needs for accurate information with needs for a second chance.”
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