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Eviction Legal and Financial Resources

Massachusetts Eviction and Pet-related Resources

Legal, informational, and pet resources geared toward people facing eviction

The statewide moratorium on evictions expired on October 17, 2020. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an order suspending evictions through the end of the year under certain conditions. Some localities may have their own moratorium (for example, the Boston Housing Authority has a moratorium through the end of 2020). 

On October 12, Governor Baker announced $171 million to prevent evictions. Read more about this program on the state’s website. Learn more about policy and housing issues on our website.

While there are some programs in place and being created to help tenants when eviction proceedings resume, it is important for tenants with pets to know their rights when facing eviction proceedings. 

This guide compiles information and resources to help tenants understand the eviction process, respond to eviction notices, and find additional assistance and/or legal representation, with the ultimate goal of keeping more people and pets in their homes. Please note that this list may not be exhaustive and there may be additional organizations and resources in your community that may offer services and assistance.



The following organizations, agencies, and forms may be able to help you if you are facing an eviction

CDC eviction moratorium declaration form

Massachusetts Housing Court Department
Information on the court process and assistance programs

Mass Legal Help

Massachusetts state website

Mass. Department of Housing and Community Development
Learn about receiving a notice to quit (English) and (Spanish)


Mass Legal Services

Boston’s Office of Housing Stability

Metrowest Legal Services

Massachusetts Defense for Eviction (MADE)

Harvard Mattapan Initiative

Greater Boston Legal Services

De Novo Center for Justice and Healing

City Life/Vida Urbana

Northeast Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid

South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.

Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP)

American Bar Association Find Legal Help/Find a Lawyer

Boston Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project

Massachusetts Bar Association’s Monthly Dial-A-Lawyer Program


Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT)

Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) program

Lawrence Rental Assistance

Just Shelter


In Massachusetts, a landlord may only force tenants to move, or evict them, if the landlord has first obtained permission from a court to do so. A landlord must follow the proper legal process in order to evict tenants — in other words, landlords cannot just change the locks, remove a tenant’s belongings, or resort to harassment or intimidation. 

The landlord must provide the tenant with a “Notice to Quit,” which tells you to leave in a certain number of days. As a tenant, it is important to understand that you do not have to leave by the date on the Notice to Quit, but you do need to respond to the eviction proceedings. 

A summary of the eviction process in Massachusetts can be found in the state’s website here. This website (Mass Legal Help) provides helpful information and links to resources for those facing eviction. For a full explanation of the eviction process, this chapter from the Eighth Edition of Legal Tactics: Tenants’ Rights in Massachusetts (May 2017) covers it well.

This state resource provides an explanation of what to expect when you go to court. Eviction self-help forms and sample letters are available at Mass Legal Help here.

You can use this search tool on Mass Legal Services to find legal assistance.

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Landlord and Tenant Law created a website containing basic information concerning lease terms, state sanitary requirements and other rules regarding housing discrimination and eviction proceedings.

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