Article Title

The Boston Housing Court: An Encouraging Response to Complex Issues

Publication Title

Urban Law Annual


The purposes of this brief Article are neither to tout housing courts as the penultimate solution to housing problems nor to compare and contrast the many specialized courts adjudicating matters relating to housing. Instead, it focuses on one such specialized court, the Housing Court of the City of Boston, describing its origin, nature and function. In addition, this Article supports the proposition that the establishment of housing courts is an appropriate response to the need to speedily and effectively adjucate the complex legal, social and economic issues raised by housing disputes.