Massachusetts evictions start to see exponential rise

Eviction filings in Massachusetts are seeing an exponential rise as courts prepare to hear the first cases filed against tenants behind on rent amid the coronavirus pandemic that has spurred widespread business closures and mass unemployment.



a sign in front of a building: BOSTON, MA. - OCTOBER 15: Protester hold a signs during a rally to prevent Massachusetts evictions in front of Boston Housing Court on October 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA. – OCTOBER 15: Protester hold a signs during a rally to prevent Massachusetts evictions in front of Boston Housing Court on October 15, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

In the five weeks since a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures ended, eviction filings have nearly doubled every week, jumping from 21 on Oct. 19 to 689 last week and housing advocates warn its a trend likely to continue.

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“We are now really just at the start of the eviction process being fully open in the wake of the lapse of the moratorium and it remains a real concern to

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