On April 19, 2011 members of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau filed an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief on behalf of City Life/Vida Urbana in the case of Federal National Mortgage Association v. Nunez. Nunez raises the question of whether 186A, the landmark tenant protection statute signed into law on August 7, 2010, applies to tenants whose homes were foreclosed prior to that date. As the Legal Aid Bureau helped to draft the statute, HLAB had a major interest in ensuring that it was broadly applied.
The brief profiled tenants in City Life/Vida Urbana who have been denied the protection of the statute because their homes were foreclosed prior to August 7th. Their stories shed light on the hardship and devastation that the foreclosure crisis has wrought on so many tenants and homeowners. The tenants profiled, however, were in some ways the lucky ones. Because of the successful outreach efforts of Project No One Leaves and City Life/Vida Urbana, they were able to tap into a dedicated network of social and legal services that helped them fight the banks and stay in their homes.
Nunez will be the second case in as many months in which the Supreme Judicial Court considers novel issues of foreclosure law. The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and Project No One Leaves are proud to support the bank tenants in both.
A copy of the brief is available here.