NAHC Helps to Defeat Massachusetts’ Anti-Housing Cooperative Legislation

by admin on June 8, 2013

The following is a letter from NAHC:

NAHC helped defeat legislation in the Massachusetts State Legislature which would have set a precedent across the nation preventing housing cooperatives from their right to screen applicants. On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, the Massachusetts Senate rejected an amendment which if passed, would require co-ops to be the only form of housing in the Commonwealth to accept any applicant that meets financial criteria, changing the fundamental principles of cooperative living as we know them.

Thanks to our Boston housing cooperatives for alerting us to the last minute amendment, NAHC sent letters opposing the amendment to the Majority Leader of the MA Senate as well as the Chairman of the MA Senate Finance Committee.

We aren’t finished yet!
A similar Home Rule Petition for a Special Law Regarding Housing Cooperatives is pending in the Boston City Council. This Petition would negatively impact all housing cooperatives because it would jeopardize the unique self-governing nature of cooperative living. NAHC wrote to the Chairman of the Boston City Council in opposition to this petition. To date, it has not come up for consideration. We will keep you posted on the outcomes of this petition.

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