Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The General Court finds and declares that the serious public emergency declared in chapter seven hundred and ninety-seven of the acts of nineteen hundred and sixty-nine continues to exist in the city of Boston with respect to the housing of a substantial number of the citizens of said city, which emergency has resulted in a substantial shortage of safe, decent, and reasonably priced rental housing accommodations in the city of Boston, particularly for those who are elderly, handicapped, or who have low or moderate annual incomes; and that such emergency has been particularly exacerbated because of deterioration and demolition of existing housing and an insufficiency supply of new housing, and due, further, to the conversion of rental housing units to other uses or forms of ownership, particularly conversion to condominiums or cooperatives and the resulting increases in rent, displacement of tenants or loss of rental housing stock; and, that unless the demolition of existing housing and the conversion of rental housing accommodations to other forms of use or ownership are further regulated and controlled, such emergency and the inflationary pressures resulting therefrom will produce serious threats to the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of said city; and that such emergency should be met immediately and with due regard for the rights and responsibilities of said city of Boston; and, therefore, this act is declared to be in the public interest.
SECTION 2. Chapter 797 of the acts of 1969, as most recently amended by section 26 of chapter 843 of the acts of 1971, is hereby further amended by adding the following five paragraphs:-
(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, including, without limitation, the provisions of chapter six hundred and sixty-five of the acts of nineteen hundred and fifty-six, and the provisions of General Law chapters one hundred and fifty-six B, one hundred and fifty-seven, and one hundred and eighty-three A, the city of Boston may, by ordinance, further regulate and control the removal of housing accommodations from rental housing use, the reduction in the total number of units in a housing accommodation, or the change in form of ownership of housing accommodations used for rental housing. Such regulations and controls may include, without limitation the authority to:
(i) require that no person shall remove a housing accommodation from rental housing use without first obtaining a permit for that purpose from the board. Such permit may be subject to such terms and conditions not inconsistent with the purposes and provisions of this act;
(ii) require that no person shall convert any housing accommodation to a condominium or cooperative without first obtaining a permit for that purpose from the board; and
(iii) regulate evictions relating to the conversion of housing accommodations to condominium or cooperative subject to such terms and conditions not inconsistent with the purposes and provisions of this act.
(b) The city of Boston, in any ordinance adopted pursuant to this act, shall be empowered to promulgate any rules, regulations or orders, not inconsistent with the purposes and provisions of this act, for the enforcement of this act, for the granting or denying of removal permits or for the regulation of such evictions.
(c) Any hearings, regarding matters related to removal permits or evictions shall be conducted by the board in accordance with the provisions of section eleven of chapter thirty A of the General Laws except that requirements (7) and (8) of such section eleven shall not apply to such hearings.
(d) All decisions of the board may be appealed to the district court department of the trial court for the judicial district within which the housing accommodation is located or the housing court department of the trial court, city of Boston division, within thirty calendar days after the notice of such decision.
(e) The superior court department of the trial court and the housing court department of the trial court, city of Boston division, shall severally have jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this act, any ordinance adopted hereunder and any rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to such ordinance, and may restrain or enjoin violations of such ordinance.
SECTION 3. Chapter 652 of the acts of 1960 is hereby amended by inserting after section 14A, as inserted by chapter 488 of the acts of 1967, the following section:-
Section 14B. The conversion of the form of ownership from rental property to condominium or cooperative ownership, of one or more buildings or parts of buildings in a land assembly and redevelopment plan area or in an urban renewal project undertaken in the city of Boston, pursuant to chapter one hundred and twenty-one B of the General Laws, by the Charles River Park "B" Company at Whittier Place, Boston, shall be permitted to stand without the rescission of the sale of individual condominium units, notwithstanding that such conversion may be deemed a modification of the land assembly and redevelopment plan or the urban renewal plan for such project and was thereby required to receive the approval of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which approval was not sought; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall exclusively be applicable to a certain class of residents and their specifically listed units known as Isaac Lyumkis, et al, unit purchasers at said Whittier Place, Boston. Said class of residents and specific units listed on a document known as "Whittier Place Unit Purchasers", Exhibit "I", attached hereto and incorporated by reference. Any such conversion of ownership shall, however, be subject to all applicable provisions of law.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.