Mayor Launches Tenant Rights Initiative

At today’s luncheon with Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Marie St. Fleur, Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment, announced that Mayor Menino was in Chinatown to launch a “You Have Rights” public education campaign. Through it, he hopes to raise awareness about tenant rights and stress the importance of reporting substandard housing.

According to the Mayor’s Office official press release, the campaign comes shortly after the February evacuation of a Chinatown apartment building found to have unsafe living conditions. “Tenants have powerful rights and they deserve a safe place to live without being subject to unlawful evictions or any violations of their rights,” Mayor Menino said. “I want people to know that there are resources available to help them. If you’re a resident of Boston and you have a housing issue or a housing question, call my 24-Hour Hotline.”

We at the Institute applaud the Mayor’s efforts to ensure that the city’s renters have a voice in addressing housing grievances, and we urge all Boston residents who face a housing issue to contact the campaign’s hotline at 617-635-4500.

Photo used under Creative Common License, courtesy the Office of Governor Patrick.

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