Photo courtesy of the Office of Gov. Charlie Baker Evictions and foreclosures will have to wait — at least some of them — following an emergency bill signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The moratorium, effective upon the governor’s signature, puts a hold on most evictions for 120 days — that stipulates an end date of Aug. 18 — or 45 days after the state-of-emergency is lifted by the governor, whichever comes first. Landlords of smaller buildings get 180 days of forbearance on their mortgages under the legislation.

The law could face a legal challenge from MassLandlords, a trade association for the rental housing industry, which has publicly opposed the law as unconstitutional. The group argues that the foreclosure moratorium only applies to owner-occupied buildings with four units or fewer and puts a lot of landlords at risk. Douglas Quattrochi, executive director of MassLandlords, said in a telephone interview that his association’s average member has 19 units and will not be protected under the law.

He’s hoping lawmakers will reconsider. “If they made the forbearance [protections] apply to everybody, that would be a huge relief,” he said. In the days leading up to the bill’s approval,

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