Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NHLP Releases New Foreclosure Protection Resources for Renters

Editor: Amanda Krusemark (

Last Thursday, May 28, the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) published a series of resources about the new federal protections for tenants living in foreclosed properties. S. 896, the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, was signed into law by President Obama on May 20 and requires that tenants in foreclosed properties be given 90 days' notice prior to eviction. The resources include a Cover Memo, which succinctly and clearly explains the new protections and explains that the resources have been developed in order to assist with quickly implementing the protections. NHLP has also developed a Sample Notice to All Tenants. This sample notice is designed to be handed out by Landlord Tenant Courts, Public Housing Authorities, local legal service offices, or other housing advocates. Other documents created by NHLP

* Sample letter from a Section 8 tenant to a landlord;
* Sample letter from a non-Section 8 tenant to a landlord;
* Sample notice for Section 8 voucher holders that a PHA could send;
* Sample letter to send to public housing and Section 8 HCV administrators;
* Sample letter to send to judges who handle landlord tenant cases; and
* Legislative text on renter protections.

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has posted all of NHLP's documents on its website.

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