Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill that will increase the amount of a rental subsidy available from a state-funded program meant to help those facing homelessness.
Landlords in New York State won’t be able to start eviction proceedings against commercial or residential tenants until August 31st, instead of on May 1st, if the bill passes as expected.
February 26th was the state’s deadline for tenants to file with the courts or their landlords if they wanted an extension of the eviction moratorium due to pandemic-related hardships.
Tenant advocates say the state’s eviction moratorium did exactly what it was intended to do during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The legislation protects tenants from evictions until May 1st.
Both the State Senate and Assembly are anticipated to pass the legislation Monday during a special session.
Only 23,395 eviction cases have been filed in New York City since June – less than half as many as during the same time last year, despite hardships created by the pandemic. Tenant advocates fear many more are on the way.
Protesters brought furniture into the street in Lower Manhattan to simulate an eviction.
"The devil is in the details, and we have yet to see an executive order with any specifics."
“People are really, incredibly under pressure to come up with money that they don't have.”
Eviction cases from before March 17th can proceed, though enforcement of a possible eviction warrant is paused until October 1st.
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