May 8, 2017
BOSTON- Senator DiDomenico recently testified before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of legislation to expand access to housing courts. Housing courts were created to provide landlords and tenants with a special forum with expertise in housing, where cases could be effectively and efficiently resolved. However, nearly one-third of the state’s population does not have access to these courts, including renter-heavy cities, such as Chelsea. Residents in these areas must go to district courts, which are busy with criminal and other cases, and whose judges often lack specialized knowledge of complex housing laws.
Senator DiDomenico is a co-sponsor of this legislation that would expand access to housing courts to the rest of the Commonwealth and would provide services to the residents who are currently without access. “Housing courts benefit both renters and landlords by providing an extra layer of protection,” said DiDomenico. “This is a key issue for my district, and I look forward to continue advocating for this bill this legislative session.”