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Move and Store Bill


HB1595 - An Act preventing foreclosures by reducing regulations for small business property owners



Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.

28th Middlesex

Summary:  This bill fixes the onerous move and store law to allow landlords to sell any property and belongings left in a unit by tenants after eviction.  

(Official summary)

Amends GL 239, the statute governing Summary Process for Possessions, to eliminate the requirement that the eviction officer place personal property remaining on the premises in storage at a licensed public warehouse; instead requires cataloguing of the personal property by the officer and allows the plaintiff to auction or otherwise dispose of the property, with all profits remaining with the plaintiff.

MRHA Position: The MRHA is in favor of these changes.

Current Status:  Landlords must move the belongings of their evicted tenants and store those belongings in a bonded storage facility.   The cost to move tenants' belongings (sometimes just "junk" that tenants don't even want) and the required one month of storage ranges from $3,000 to $5,000.  This unjust law places a large financial burden on the owner who has already lost thousands of dollars in unpaid rent.  For many landlords, especially smaller landlords, this can wipe them out and send them into foreclosure.


Read the bill.


This bill will help landlords across the state and all members can discuss the benefits with their local legislators.  If you are in the Fall River area, a constituent of Rep Silvia’s, he would like to hear that you are in support of this bill.