A major Mass. landlord is extending the eviction ban through 2020

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WinnDevelopment converted a 170-year-old Adden Mill building in Lowell into market rate apartments. .

As debate grows about whether the state should extend the ban on evictions in Massachusetts, one of its largest landlords said Monday that it will do so on its own, the Globe’s Tim Logan reports.

WinnCompanies, which owns and manages more than 6,500 apartments at 51 buildings across the state, said it will halt all evictions at its properties through the end of the year for tenants who are struggling to pay rent.

It’s a notable move from the state’s biggest operator of affordable housing, though it’s not yet clear if any other large landlords may follow suit.

“Compassion for our residents is not optional; it has been a founding principle of WinnCompanies’ culture and operations for 50 years,” chief executive Gilbert Winn said in a statement. “We believe it is vital to take a leadership role in response to this crisis.”

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