Newly-passed legislation in Rhode Island prevents mortgage lenders that foreclose on a property from evicting residents without "just cause."
The bill was the work of the Tenant and Homeowner Association, a committee under Direct Action for Rights and Equality, or DARE.
The "just cause" bill has been in the works for six years, and is based on a similar law passed in Massachusetts in 2010.
"Just cause" is defined under the Landlord-Tenant Act.
Before the bill passed, tenants of a home were evicted upon foreclosure, something advocates say led to a spike in homelessness and abandoned property.
The law also require foreclosing lenders to follow the Landlord-Tenant Act, and maintain healthy and safe living conditions.
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