CTI’s Housing Education Center Seeking Two New Team Members

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If you are seeking a busy work environment, have experience helping people problem solve around housing challenges this opportunity is for you!

We are seeking two Housing Consumer Education Counselors with one counselor sited in our North Shore housing education center. Below is the job description. To apply, click here

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

¨      Provides assistance to clients seeking Housing Consumer Education Center services and makes referrals to other resources when appropriate. 

¨      Assesses client needs through intake, which include services requested by the client, the services provided to the client, and other needs that the counselor and client determine.  Continue reading

Housing Education Works! Check Out Our Site Reorg.

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For those that frequently visit the Merrimack Valley Regional Network Blog, you may/or may not have noticed that we have reduced the number of “pages” which are located at the top of the blog. While these pages may have been eliminated, they have been recreated as flyers that you the viewer may download and print for your own or another’s use.

The CTI Housing Consumer Education Center provides information and referral resources across 41 communities in Northeastern Massachusetts. Our territory covers Greater Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill, North Shore and Cape Ann. The single most effective tool for us to distribute our housing education materials is through the use of this blog.

The flyers are located to the right hand side of the screen under “Housing Education Flyers” and PLEASE, if there is a topic that you are interested in and do not see listed, please let us know so that we can make that available to you. Chances are someone else is experiencing a similar challenge.

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Are You Being Evicted? What You Should Know.

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Are You Being Evicted?  What You Should Know

  1. Tenants are not obligated to move out of a unit upon receipt of a 14 day or 30 day notice to quit or when a tenant receives a Summons & Complaint
  2. Tenants have an absolute right to go before a judge
  3. All towns in Greater Lowell are part of the Northeast Housing Court jurisdiction. Tenants have the right to have their evictions heard in this court and have the right to transfer eviction cases from the district court to the housing court.
  4. It can take several months for a tenant to be evicted after the date that they have received a Notice to Quit.
  5. Tenants should NOT ignore a Summons & Complaint
  6. Tenants have the right to raise claims and defenses related to the condition of their apartment and related action of the landlord.  It is illegal for a landlord to attempt to evict a tenant for reporting health code violations to the Board of Health. It is illegal for a landlord to change the locks, shut of water, electricity and/or gas to a tenant he/she is attempting to evict.
  7. Tenants have a right to file an answer and discovery once they receive a Summons & Complaint.
  8. Court forms may be found at www.masslegalhelp.org or through Merrimack Valley Legal Services 35 John St. 3rd fl, Lowell, MA. These forms are designed to be completed by those who are not attorneys.
  9. If the landlord owes a tenant more money than the tenant owes the landlord, the landlord cannot win.
  10. The only individual authorized to request that a tenant leave a unit, is a judge. Even then, the 48 hour notice must be delivered in hand to the tenant, by a constable or Sheriff.
  11. When a tenant is moved out by a constable this is called levying on an execution. When this is done, the landlord/constable is required to hire a moving company, to pay that company to move the tenant’s belongings into storage and to pay the first months storage cost. The landlord may seek repayment for moving and storage from the tenant.
  12. Notes: The court will still order an eviction during the winter time, at Christmas time, when a person is disabled, when a person is elderly and/or when there are small children in the home. A landlord may not raise the rent without the tenants agreement and a security deposit may not be higher than the first month’s rent.

 

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Being Evicted? What You Should Know as a Tenant

Are You Being Evicted?  What You Should Know as Tenant

  • Tenants are not obligated to move out of a unit upon receipt of a 14 day or 30 day notice to quit or when a tenant receives a Summons & Complaint
  • Tenants have an absolute right to go before a judge.
  • All towns in Greater Lowell are part of the Northeast Housing Court jurisdiction. Tenants have the right to have their evictions heard in this court and have the right to transfer eviction cases from the district court to the housing court. Continue reading