On August 12, 2021, SPOA members testified to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Housing advocating on behalf of hosing providers at a time when the legislature considers reinstating a state-wide eviction moratorium.
The hearing was covered by the Statehouse News Service, who included an excerpt from testimony delivered by SPOA Vice President, Amir Shahsavari, in the news story:
Small, non-corporate property owners provide more than half of the rental housing in Massachusetts, according to the Small Property Owners Association, whose members told the committee that relief dollars have been slow to arrive.
SPOA Vice President Amir Shahsavari said the legislation would “exacerbate this problem by continuing the eviction moratorium without addressing the fundamental issue.”
“The dollars have been allocated, but they are not reaching property owners,” Shahsavari said, urging lawmakers to create a new owner-based rental relief program allowing landlords to apply directly for aid.
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