So I am one of those caught up in the eviction process.
Essentially, I was evicted because I refused to be gouged by the Property Management Company, UDR, after my lease expired during the lockdown last year. I did not want to renew my lease because the apartment has mold, and it’s considered a “luxury” apartment.
My youngest negotiated an agreement with them last November. They wanted me to complete a RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition), a program set up to help renters during Covid. If I filled out that form and renewed the lease, they would waive the tenant-at-will charges and interests. I fulfilled my end of the deal; however, they did not inform me until I got an eviction notice.
Before I decided not to pay, I called around seeking advice. The advice was not to pay it because the Governor would fix it. He didn’t, and now people like me are being evicted. According to my attorney, these cases are making their way through Massachusetts Housing courts in isolation. There is no precedent, so judges are going with the property companies in some cases.
This morning I have a meeting with Representative Tram to shine a light on the problem. Thus far, the Commonwealth has systems set up so the law ties the hands of those who can help. I don’t need legal help, which the legislature cannot provide. I want to inform them of the business practices of one property management company, UDR, during the lockdown for a pandemic.
Wish me luck!
Call to action:
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- Let UDR know their business practices harm. Their corporate address is: UDR, 1745 Shea Center Dr, Unit 200, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129, United States; Phone: +1 720 283 6120
- Contact the office of Attorney General Maura Healey to investigate UDR’s business practice in which they sought to exploit renters for the RAFT aid. I can provide details about my case. Her email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the legislature to re-iterate the law so the courts understand these were extraordinary circumstances in which UDR sought to exploit their renters. I think they can put pressure on the AG to investigate. Representative Tram T. Nguyen Democrat – 18th Essex email@example.com. For all media inquiries or constituent services, please contact – firstname.lastname@example.orgSTATE SENATOR BARRY FINEGOLD24 BEACON ST ROOM 511-A BOSTON, MA 02133
(617) 722-1612 BARRY.FINEGOLD@MASENATE.GOV