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Massachusetts Housing Courts

Massachusetts Housing Courts work to enforce landlords' "rights" to evict and extract wealth from the state’s working-class communities, Black and Brown communities in particular. A Massachusetts Housing Court judge, Irene Bagdoian, who was appointed by Republican Governor Charlie Baker in 2018, has worked to strike down the Covid pandemic evictions moratorium. Bagdoian has claimed that “despite the gravity of the Covid-19 pandemic, the new City of Boston eviction moratorium exceeded the emergency statutory powers of the Boston Public Health Commission, and unlawfully interfered with the judicial functions of the Housing Court in overseeing eviction cases.”   

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