BOSTON Mass. (WWLP) - State lawmakers are proposing a law that would keep families from being kicked out of their foreclosed homes.
This bill would provide options when they're in danger of losing their home.
Real estate source Banker and Tradesman reported 370 foreclosures in Massachusetts in April, up from about 280 in March.
It's one of the reasons homeowner advocates are supporting legislation that lets homeowners remain in their homes if they pay rent. The arrangement would be temporary and under limited circumstances. But the idea is to reduce the number of vacant properties that make them vulnerable to break-ins and decrease the value of neighborhoods overall.
Representative Benjamin Swan told 22News, "When houses foreclosed we see a house vandalized, we see the house not kept up well and we see depreciation in the neighborhood so we want to avoid that if we can."
Springfield State Representative Benjamin Swan also supports a bill that requires a judge to be present when lenders try to foreclose on an owner-occupied one to four unit homes.