Mr. Goodnow is a single parent who works two jobs and pays his rent on time every month
Mr. Goodnow is a single parent who works two jobs and pays his rent on time every month. He is very attached to his apartment, as it is in relatively good condition, is close to his child care provider (his mother) and is within walking distance to his places of employment. However, when his landlord loses the building to foreclosure, the bank (through its mortgage servicing company) initiaties the common practice of evicting all tenants in order to ready the property for sale. As the pace of foreclosures in Massachusetts increase, more cases like Mr. Goodnow’s are cropping up, causing tenant dislocations and neighborhood blight. What are a lawyer’s options when confronted with an undesirable and unfair situation? Should the lawyer work to change the laws, change the industry practice of evicting rent-paying tenants in the case of foreclosure, encourage the client to engage in community activisim, or simply focus on the client’s immediate best interests? What are the ethical considerations in a case like this?
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Law Reform, Conflicts of Interest, Ethics