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Brockton Interfaith group to push for foreclosure protections

July 20, 2009  |  PICO News and Media

July 20, 2009 | Wicked Local Brockton

Brockton Interfaith Community (BIC)

 

BROCKTON - The Brockton Interfaith Community will push for home-rule legislation to stem foreclosures at tonight’s finance committee meeting of the City Council.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 45 School St.

The organization will ask the council to file home-rule petitions to protect homeowners and tenants.

Tenants are falling through the cracks, unaware of their rights, said Carol DeLorey, an organizer with the Brockton Interfaith Community.

“What we’ve seen happen is that the landlords get foreclosed on, and the tenants, many of them, have still been paying their rent,” DeLorey said. “The bank decides that they want an empty building, and so then these tenants are forced to leave.”

If a tenant has a lease, they have a right to stay, DeLorey said.

One proposed bill would require the lender to have just cause to order a tenant to move. That would help eliminate some of the blight that occurs when the houses are empty, she said.

Another proposed legislative action would seek to have judges adjust mortgages.

“If a bank has not been working with the homeowner, then the homeowner should have the right to go to a judge to have a determination made,” DeLorey said.

The third piece of proposed legislation calls for a 6-month moratorium on foreclosures in the city.

The City Council is expected to vote on the proposed legislation on July 27.

“If anyone wants to hear about this (issue) they should come to the meeting,” DeLorey said.