Every time something that doesn’t need to happen, you want to know, right? We have from the administrative office of the housing court, Charles Sweeney. Are there physical upkeep means that you need the cashflow in order to make sure that the unit stays up to code? Keith: Yes. Nick: Yes. This is just a regular Gmail email address that I just created within 3 minutes, so everyone can have that. Here’s the first thing that you have to do. File it into an existing case, do the docket number, and it’s the same thing. I want access to every task they put in the case because it’s my case and he’s my lawyer. Mass. * required. Mediation has a bad reputation in some circles, but here’s the truth:Mediation is binding. Male Audience 11: And this affidavit. We were trying to look for opportunities to expand that service but also recognizing we have to make it work better with internally on how it comes through our systems, so we’re going to be looking at how to optimize that process. Can you switch the numbers on the account from Tammy to Rachel, and have Rachel pay Tammy? And it’s not a material delay. If you have questions on the e-filing process please visit, At all stages of the cases both parties must follow all court rules. Even if you raise your hand, I’m just going to keep moving on but not to disrespect you, guys. He’s been involved in pretty much every aspect of where we are pertaining to eFiling and other aspects as well within the housing court operations. If the Court notice provide a phone number for your hearing, call the number and enter the Meeting ID and Password provided. Brian: If it says [unintelligible 1:38:49]. I put a lot of effort into making this for people, for the public, so I’m just going to turn it over to her. Male Audience 11: If I don’t get it back from my constable by Wednesday or Thursday, I mean I did file. Male Audience 5: It ties somewhat to what [unintelligible 0:54:22] was saying here. Also, what services can we provide that we’ve done electronic. Okay, good. Then make sure you look over everything just to make sure that you got everything that you want, and then if not, there’s the back button, so that you can go back to the previous screen and get it fixed. Nick: Only for attorneys. We should have lawyers for both landlords and tenants. Doug: I suppose if anyone is having trouble seeing this, just [unintelligible 1:00:30]. I think I rambled, I rant. We’re just trying to create a case. We also hear evictions, as I stated before. Keith: Correct. That was a major problem and that was [unintelligible 1:14:13] the creation of the Housing Court in Boston. 211, 3, in which Petitioner challenged summary process proceedings in the Worcester Division of the Housing Court Department, now part of the Central Division (Housing Court), holding that the single justice did not err or abuse her discretion in denying relief. We will walk you through it. Our judges, our clerks like Mr. Moudios and individuals who serve in the court. If you need assistance drafting and filing court forms, please see the Court Service Center section below. I’m just going to show you. They’re going to give you a glimpse into where the court is going into the next thing, so thank you so much. 218. That’s not a negative statement. We will be, in some cases, addressing that this year, which may rule in the summons component. Rachel Roommate wants to take Tammy’s place. Housing Court eFiling Training and Procedural Updates and Landlord/Attorney Feedback. The tenant might pay directly into the court and ask for an amount of whatever that fair market values, or they might pay into your attorney’s account, or if the tenant has an attorney, and so their attorneys are [unintelligible 0:29:18] account. But I’m not sure if they want to add on, the extra steps that it takes, but a constable is able to file on a plaintiff’s behalf. It’s something I learned today, too, is when we talk about the documents required to initiate summary process, that affidavit of compliance is now one of your top three instead of just a notice and the summons. You will be asked to provide identifying information including your email. All right, so now I’m going to look back up here. Brian: I’m smart enough to ask a question. In other words, you don’t have the ability to docket for us. We don’t know. We’re done. We will have tutorials and stuff like that, so this is just real quick to show you guys what it looks like. Male Audience 10: I have a question for Mr. Moudios. We have our attorney sign on our summary process, all that stuff. If you like ease of access, you can always have your browser remember the password and then you don’t have to click into it. Just ask the local court when they are hearing cases and what the procedure is for visitors. Concepts and things that have been talked about for years in the trial court now has kind of a way of bringing it together, we hope. Male Audience 10: But not courtesy access to see what’s pending, what’s accepted, what’s rejected, just…. Housing specialists (HSD) are employees of the court who serve as mediators for cases that are filed in the Housing Court. This is an evidentiary hearing, and it’s trying to make a fair finding, so it’s hard for a judge to do that without any evidence before them. Male Audience 12: That’s how he develops the relationship. Male Audience 12: But the judge, we can now has been thinking of an because the warehouse I live in 1 or 2 miles away from—. Due to courtroom restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Cleveland Housing Court is providing access to court proceedings for public observation via Zoom. Doug: Get the mike [unintelligible 0:33:25]. contact the respective divisional Clerk's office below: Online Court Forms can be downloaded from, To file any forms, documents, or evidence, you can mail it to the court or file it electronically through the court’s e-filing website, If you need assistance drafting and filing court forms, please see the Court Service Center section below. Payment account name, so let’s say Bank of America checking account. The program is going to be a robust one. There was an important decision that came down, and I understand that counsel for MassLandlords also [unintelligible 0:10:40] Peter Vickery, so we’re going to talk about the holding of the case a little bit today. Sam: I will just jump going back into an earlier question, that area we are working on, so that thing is filed, be sure you will be able to look at your case and hold the file document from that. We’re on a budget. When we get started, I’m not going to take any questions during this presentation because of technical reasons, not because I don’t want to, so I just want to clear that. Make sure to get credit for us today by beeping out with Naomi and join if you’re not. All of the services in the Court Service Centers are free. Each of those divisions are comprised of three divisional leaders. Two judges confirmed for Housing Court By: Mass. These are things the judge is going to consider the overall totality of circumstances. I think it’s going to be possible to evaluate skill levels in about 30, 45 minutes here. I work for many different landlords. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT * OF HOUSING AND URBAN * DEVELOPMENT, and BEN CARSON, * Department of Housing and Urban * Development * * Defendants. Keith: As you guys can see, this is the one that we just did together, right in there in this presentation, so that’s where you guys can see if the court hasn’t accepted it yet or reject it, then that’s where you know it’s still pending and we’re usually pretty good. Even though there’s an advisory saying it that the 20-mile radius only applies to the tenants. That’s when you would choose a file into an existing case. Keith: We will get back to it. Our focus, obviously as I talked about, what is going to be our long-term strategy and plan for technology and such in our approach, as we figure out where we want to go, how we’re going to gradually get there. But it’s [unintelligible 2:14:08] addition and the letter [unintelligible 2:14:15]. In the court room, do not lose your cool, and try not to make procedural mistakes. If you’re not getting those emails, you should probably contact your attorneys and say, “Hi! I remember when we first started this court, the organization was trying to organize itself and as you’re saying today, he’s done tremendous amounts to bring educational programs to your organization and also make sure that he’s the voice, so a [unintelligible 0:09:50]. You can associate the filing with the attorney and her name will be listed on the docket with the Mass Courts and that’s where the correspondence will be sent. The chief justice of the housing court, who’s my partner in justice, could not make it today, but he asked me to send his gratitude for MassLandlords for allowing us to continue to hear your concerns, continue to talk to you, and engage with you regarding the issues that impact what you do. Does that make sense? Nick: Keith, again, that’s the password for e-File not the password associated with your email account. Every time he files and if he’s good about it and puts your email down, then you’re going to get the exact same email. Housing Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court The Tenancy Preservation Program (TPP), which is available through the Housing Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court, can assist tenants facing eviction due to hoarding-related lease violations. First off, judges are supposed to consider the time delay before resolution. I’ll give you one final one. That is specifically allowing landlords to bring a motion before the court to ask the court to order tenants to make use-and-occupancy payments. Some of these issues that come into our court have to do with the challenges of the society that live in peace. A jury for the Massachusetts Housing Court Dept felony court contains 12 jurors. I wish you [unintelligible 2:03:50]. We’ll go back to that at the end, but really you should focus on right here, start a new case or file into existing case. I’m just going to do 2-25. Do not include sensitive information, such as Social Security or bank account numbers. Brian: I absolutely wanted to do that; otherwise, I’m going to be looking at a basket full of worms. You can have 50 payment accounts. By the end of the day, most of the time, things there filed after 3:30, 3:45, once we stop, in other words, we’ve done our money reconciliation for the day, those will not be acted upon until the next morning, but we always have a primary and a backup. It’s getting some dedicated staff to help fill the gaps, help them get to the quality of information they’re trying to provide you. I don’t know what you know. I made it easy for you, guys, so there’s actually the hyperlink here, so you’ll never forget it. Once you get the tracking number, you should be able to use it. It’s also different from district court, which deals with all matters, including crimes and misdemeanors. You can write that. We have jurisdiction in law and equity over all civil and criminal matters. This information is available to both the landlord and tenant's benefits. Contact the Court and notify court staff that you do not have access to Zoom. Doug: Okay, everybody is shouting it. Keith: Would you like it on Amazon Web Service? I understand it’s compliant, but I mean concerning [unintelligible 2:08:08]. Male Audience 10: The case was a discovery [unintelligible 1:55:47] affidavit of complaint. When they’re talking about change in policy, at every hearing, there’s a whole bunch of folks who come and testify that they’ve got a slumlord and there needs to be tougher laws. I mean I didn’t show you, guys, that’s why you literally about to get bombarded with a lot of emails. Our numbers are there. Our job is to really help trial court departments, people like Keith and Ben, understand what it requires to get to where they want to go. Obviously important is a landlord’s monthly obligations. I’m going to show you real quick. Another part of our court’s mission is to make sure we are focused on balance. Male Audience 7: If [unintelligible 1:15:20] electronic docket to fill out, you’re scanning in your document  and uploading it. We’re landlords. James: Actually, I’m going to pull this. Typically, this is where you go, Mass.gov. Basically, [unintelligible 1:31:08] all the information that Keith just went through, adding a payment account, etc. But you know, the checking account is money taken out right away where the credit card is going to be something you pay in the bank. search for housing court. I want to talk about the level 2 certification a little bit as well. All you need is his BBO number. New Page: COVID-19 Coronavirus Landlord-Tenant Laws, Regulations, and Procedures. Please visit the, Via phone call: (646) 828-7666 (Enter Meeting ID: 161 526 1140), Metro West Legal Services, (508) 620-1830, The Volunteers Lawyer Project, (617) 603-1700, South Coastal Legal Services, (508) 586-2110, Woburn, (781) 322-9119 ext 146 or press 4, Community Legal Aid (Tenants only), (855) 252-5342, Hampden County Bar Association (Landlords only), (413) 733-6500, Some courts allow people to have a lawyer to help a part or a portion of your case, rather than the whole case. In housing court, you can file eviction cases and small claims. Do not expect fairness. Brian: Well, first, I want to say this is a fabulous presentation. Then I’m going to hit summary. Thank you for the opportunity to be here and present today. Table of Contents Standing Order 6-20: … Yes. We’re going to go to the eFiling in the housing court, and this is the website. Actually, guys, this is the hardest part of using the system is the uploading part. Members can ask experienced landlords for advice over email and Facebook message boards, and can search our directory for attorney referrals. If you use a checking account, that’s $0.25, so not 2.89 percent. In Massachusetts, “housing court” refers to the special set of courts that deal exclusively with housing related matters. She said this document is only available for 45 days? How much do you agree with the following statements in the scale of 1, Strongly Disagree, to 5, Strongly Agree? That’s why what our parents used to tell us as little kids was what? Nick: Now one cool feature, guys, is that in your response email, it says “download document.” If you’re ever saying what does my notice to quit say, what does my summons and complaint say? Then of course, there’s going to be documentation of any of this evidence for both sides. You know that she will have any handouts, correct? Doug: Let’s talk offline [unintelligible 2:14:18]. Male Audience 10: All I have to do is to ask him to put my email address when he files the case? This is more just a read, I guess, but we kind of here in this one little spot, we’re starting to define where we want to be and this is kind of high-level approach I’m not going to get a lot, but it’s a planning approach. We don’t have multiple different trial courts. Nick: No, no, no. Ben mentioned this is the second course that I’ve done these things. James: The eFiling material is while it’s in a draft, eFiling material is filed in a cloud server filing. We have individuals that we’re dealing with that have some serious issues, some mental health issues, domestic violence issues come into our court, individuals who have substance abuse, just to name a few. If you are a sole proprietor, you should pay for an attorney unless you are confident in your knowledge of the law, and your adherence to all of it. Foreclosure challenges throughout, that’s one of our problems. Nick: Only in the initial filing. This is where you’re actually trying to select the filing court. Be at risk of homelessness or doubling up (sharing housing in close quarters). It’s up there, and it’s going to have a logo at upper right, which says, CML, Certified Massachusetts Landlord Level 1. You can see the docket. Nick: And Brian, when we do our next presentation up in Montachusett, certainly we’ll have an emphasis on eFiling this year. Lack of funding forces civil legal aid programs in Massachusetts to turn away 64% of eligible residents who seek their services for civil legal issues related to housing, employment, health care, education, family law and domestic violence, among others. Male Audience 12: No, I understand. Again, I think if anything more needs to be discussed on this case, I’m happy to provide MassLandlords a writeup of this short discussion. If the case was filed against you, you are the Defendant and you can file an answer. This is why you’re going to be wanting to ask for an order for use and occupancy. He works closely with Chief Justice Tim Sullivan. Male Audience 11: it could be five days a week. But the other side of that is how can we give you information electronically, so you don’t have to wait for it in the mailbox. Monthly updates, smart and relevant articles, and free premium content. The fact of the agreement appears in the official records. I have no problem opening the account, but it’s not my case because it was started by my attorney, still my case, but I don’t have any answers [unintelligible 1:48:01]. That’s why you guys will have handouts because it’s on our website. We’re going to be gentle. You can ask for input and help from other members, rental screening coupons, save-on paint, virtual office manager at RentHelper, all kinds of stuff, so please make sure to take advantage and look at the resources sheet if you’re not already a member for reasons to join. Then the last thing is going to be the notice to quit. The third option, of course is direct payments to you. But other court documents we’re looking into, how can we supply to them electronically versus having to wait for the mail. Doug: Yes, the resident, so people might think depending on what you do with the deposit, they’re entitled to more, but that’s the basic idea. Housing Court Decisions by Docket . We hit submit. First and foremost is take all these disparate ideas that are out there because it’s not new. Eastern Housing Court Division – Middlesex Session is located in Somerville District Court. If you have a reference number for your landlords, you could put them in there as well. He is one of our new judges and Judge Michael Malamut. Other places where you, guys, do business, more and more stuff is electronic in nature, the court isn’t that way right now, so we’re trying to figure out how to do that here at the court. That’s an advisory from the DOJ [unintelligible 2:13:55] as well as case law suggest that. You’re going to have to bring that piece of paper physically into court in your trial dates. He will get those questions to us and we will make sure you get your response. Our purpose is to maintain healthy, safe, and compliant housing stock and that is our goals. We’re looking for other services that we ask you for but you can do electronically and pay rather than come downtown and get copies of a document, that kind of thing. James: There’s three parts. We bring the court to the community in some cases. The Massachusetts Housing Court (also known as the Housing Court Department of the Trial Court) is a trial court in Massachusetts that hears eviction cases, small claims cases, and civil actions involving personal injury, property damage, breach of contract, discrimination, and other claims. Male Audience 8: Is that the goal, 24 to 48 hours of response? Show of hands. Cases commence in one of the 7 trial court departments, and are first decided there. Remember, you initiated the action, and the judge needs to ensure fairness for the uninformed tenant. everyone with me so far? I want to make sure you saw that when the documents are accepted, they are no longer in Tyler after three months approximately. It’s MassCourts.org. Now that means that generally speaking, tenants are predominantly unrepresented in court. Not only you have to come down to court, we had to pay for parking, we had to come down. Good job. Here is this part. I did this in this format, but you do not have to follow this. If a tenant agrees to do something in mediation, it gets recorded by the mediator. He says, “Nick, thanks. What it really is—if you go to the next one—for you, we have some goals established, 1, 2, 3, and 4. The court staff did not address this, but we want to cite MGL Chapter 93 Section 49, which states in a roundabout way that landlords may be violating the state Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by communicating information about non-payment specifically to anyone other than the courts or the tenant. Can you text it? In Washington, we create one account that allowed you to see your case information, file your documents, and communicate, one account. I hope you guys are all familiar with this website. James: Right, for credit card or $141.25 for the checking account. Balance is an important part of what we are striving to achieve in the housing court against the tip of scales of justice. We’re not. Today, we’re going to file into new case. Mediation has a bad reputation in some circles, but here’s the truth: If a tenant agrees to do something in mediation, it gets recorded by the mediator. Sam: There’s a bottom goal, going back to goal is create a culture of change. 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