Baker signals he won’t extend the eviction moratorium beyond Oct. 17

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Lowell landlord Kevin Berry held a sign protesting a July rally at the State House calling for a year-long ban on evictions. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Governor Charlie Baker has signaled that he’s ready to end Massachusetts’ toughest-in-the-nation ban on evictions next month, but said he is working with state housing courts to soften the blow for renters at risk of losing their homes, the Globe’s Tim Logan and Matt Stout reported.

At a news conference in Lowell Wednesday, Baker suggested he won’t extend the moratorium — which since April has blocked all eviction filings statewide — when it expires Oct. 17. Instead, he wants to devise a system that protects both renters and landlords.

“We would really like to see if we can put a plan together to make sure that we can do, with the courts, what needs to be done to ensure that people are protected with respect to their housing,” Baker said. “But the longer this thing goes on, the deeper the hole gets, not just for tenants but also for landlords, especially small landlords..who…have in many cases already run out of rope.”

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