Call Your Legislators! Support the House Version of S1987 Now!

Your voice matters: call your State Representative and Senator Monday! Tell them, “10 year Right to Sue or no bill at all! Support the House version of S1987.”

Last week, your efforts as part of MAAPL made some bad foreclosure legislation better. S1987 curtails the longstanding right of foreclosed homeowners to sue to regain title to their home. The Senate voted to cut the 20 year window to sue down to 1 year for those already foreclosed on and 3 for anyone in the future. Because we spoke up, House leadership adopted MAAPL’s amendment as their own: A ten year window to sue for all. We will accept nothing less.

See this Fact Sheet on S1987 (Word file) for more details.

By this Thursday, House and Senate have to agree on one version. It must be the House version, which gives ten years for anyone foreclosed to sue. Please call both your Representative and Senator: NOTE different messages.

Please call your state Representative. Say:

“Hi, my name is ______________. I live in _________________.
Please tell House leadership to stand firm. S1987, An Act to Clear Title to Foreclosed Properties, does NOT clear titles. Only if the House amendment is accepted in conference will homeowners not be harmed. The House “Ten year window to sue” must remain in the bill.

If the bill comes to the House floor for a vote again, only support it if it has the ten year window.”

Please call your state Senator. Say:

“Hi, my name is ______________. I live in _________________.
Please tell Senate leadership to adopt the House amendments to S1987, An Act to Clear Title to Foreclosed Properties. The bill does NOT clear titles. Only if the House amendment is accepted in conference will homeowners not be harmed. The House “Ten year window to sue” must remain in the bill. The Senate version slams the window down to 1 year. Homeowners with valid legal challenges will get no notice and no chance to regain title to their homes.

If the bill comes to the Senate floor for a vote again, only support it if it has the ten year window.”

If you don’t know who your State Representative is, go to WhereDoIVoteMA.com, enter your address, when the screen comes down, scroll down to “general court” and find your state Representative’s and Senator’s name there.

Then you can call the switchboard at 617-722-2000, press 2, then 0 and ask to be transferred to your Representative’s office;

Then call the switchboard again at 617-722-2000, press 1, then 0 and ask to be transferred to your Senator’s office.

ALSO on MONDAY, July 28th:
MAAPL Flash Mob Press Conference:
Maps show Foreclosures on Dramatic Rise across the State:
Slamming Window Shut on Right to Sue will Hurt Thousands.
1:00pm
State House Steps
Beacon Hill, Boston

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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