The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School has released a Know Your Rights video series consisting of 97 videos informing Massachusetts residents of their legal rights when faced with foreclosure or eviction. The videos are a product of the Mattapan Initiative — a free legal services anti-foreclosure and eviction defense program created in 2013 in response to the foreclosure crisis that ravaged the Mattapan section of Boston, as well as other low-income neighborhoods throughout Massachusetts. The Mattapan Initiative and the Know Your Rights video series were funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
The aim of the video series is to educate Massachusetts residents regarding their legal rights when faced with foreclosure of their homes, or the threat of displacement due to foreclosure or eviction. The series includes videos on legal issues pertaining to: Basic Tenant Rights, Loan Modifications, Bankruptcy as it Relates to Foreclosure, Eviction Summary Process for Former Homeowners, Eviction Summary Process for Tenants as well as FAQ videos for homeowners and tenants facing foreclosure or eviction.
Attorney Roger Bertling, Director of the Mattapan Initiative and Director of the Consumer Protection/Predatory Lending Clinic at the Legal Services Center, says “we created these videos in hope that they’ll be used as a resource for distressed homeowners. The mission of the Legal Services Center is to protect the legal rights of the communities we serve, and as an extension of that mission, these videos are available to help people make informed decisions regarding their foreclosure or eviction.”
The Know Your Rights videos can be viewed on the Legal Services Center’s website and will be distributed using social media. To view each series in its entirety, visit the YouTube links below:
- Post-Foreclosure Eviction Summary Process for Former Homeowners
- Post-Foreclosure Eviction Summary Process for Tenants
- Basic Tenant Rights for Residents of Boston
- Loan Modifications and Ways to Avoid Foreclosure
- How Bankruptcy Can Help Avoid Foreclosure
- Related Terms & Definitions
- Legal Services Center – Know Your Rights