SECTION 1. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, payment of residential use and occupancy due and owing to landlords or lessors, whose tenants or occupants are unable to pay for such use and occupancy for reasons related directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 emergency, shall be paid forthwith by the commonwealth and shall be a payment of necessaries pursuant to Article 47 of the Amendments of the Constitution.
Upon application of the landlord of financial distress due to nonpayment of use and occupancy for reasons related directly or indirectly to the COVID-19 emergency, the department of housing and community development, or any of its assignees, shall make payments for such use and occupancy within 10 business days of application. Such application and payment shall be payment in full of the commonwealth’s financial obligation.
SECTION 2. The department of housing and community development shall forthwith set forth policies for the implementation of this act with the goal of preserving housing stability for COVID-19 impacted residents by more effectively, equitably and efficiently distributing rental assistance funds and preventing judgments for evictions.
SECTION 3. This act shall expire on January 1, 2023.
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