Sign our Petition to Thank Gov. Patrick for Protecting Homeowner’s Rights!

MAAPL has posted a petition on Change.org to thank Governor Deval Patrick for acting to protect people’s right to sue to regain their illegally foreclosed homes, and we invite you to join us in expressing our gratitude by signing the petition.

The Massachusetts Legislature’s bill, S1987, would have curtailed our longstanding right to sue to regain our homes foreclosed illegally – as has been the case for so many. Wealthy interests used S1987 to attack our 300 year-old property rights. They tried to strip us of them in the back halls of the State House. With no debate, the Legislature wanted to slam the 20 year window to sue down to one year for the 65,000 and three years for anyone in the future.

Thanks to Governor Patrick’s action, the bill was returned to the Legislature with language reinstating a compromise amendment that had been negotiated in the House of Representatives that specifies a 10 year right to sue. So please join us in recognizing and thanking Governor Patrick for supporting the rights of the Commonwealth’s homeowners – sign the petition today!

About MAAPL

The Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL) is a coalition of over 60 housing counseling agencies, legal services groups, social service agencies, and community-based social action groups that have joined together to address the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts.

MAAPL collects and distributes timely information on the foreclosure crisis and its effects to the public and to its member groups, drafts and supports legislation that provides important protections to homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure and eviction, documents the impact of the foreclosure crisis on local communities, networks with related organizations throughout the Commonwealth, and provides tools and information to help people navigate the legal system and advocate on their own behalf more effectively when challenging a foreclosure or eviction in court

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