Bill creates panel to study bullying of tenants

BOSTON (AP) — A bill passed in the closing hours of the legislative session on Beacon Hill seeks an end to what many tenants say is a pattern of bullying and harassment in public and subsidized multi-family housing.

The measure creates a 19-member commission to study the problem and file recommendations by the end of next year.

Advocates for the bill say elderly and disabled tenants are most often the victims of harassment by other tenants or management of housing complexes. The group Stop Bullying Coalition says at least one in five independent living, elderly residents of multi-unit housing report having been bullied.

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Leaders of the coalition say they hope the commission’s work will eventually lead to new laws and regulations to make sure all tenants have safe homes.

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