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Coalition rallies behind RI bill to limit foreclosure evictions

PROVIDENCE, RI — An advocacy coalition announced “just cause” legislation Thursday that would prevent tenants from being evicted from foreclosed homes without just cause.

At a State House news conference, State Sen. Harold Metts, (D-Dist. 6, Providence), and State Rep. John G. Edwards, (D-Dist. 70, Tiverton) said they have filed bills to prevent banks from evicting tenants living in foreclosed homes until they sold the house to a new owner.

Members of Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) and at least a dozen other organizations have formed a “Just Cause Coalition” to fight for the legislation.

Edwards noted he had introduced the same bill six years ago when his neighbors in Tiverton were evicted after the house they were renting was foreclosed.

The man “begged the bank not to evict them, but they threw him and his family out,” Edwards said.

Metts said the evictions “affect everybody,” causing family disruption and neighborhood blight.

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