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Hudson officials told no evictions until June

May 13, 2020 1:00 pm
Abby Hoover is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Columbia County Fair Housing Department Director Bill Fisher joined the Hudson Common Council during its informal meeting May 11, to clarify the eviction process for tenants during the coronavirus emergency. Second Ward Alderwoman Tiffany Garriga and 1st Ward Alderwoman Rebecca Wolff have received complaints about illegal evictions in Hudson. “There should be no evictions taking place until at least June 20,” Fisher said. “I know that on May 7, the governor put in place an extension to Aug. 20, but there is a caveat: The main thing is that if anyone comes to evict anyone, they should immediately call law enforcement.” The extension of the eviction moratorium to August 20 will benefit tenants who have a demonstrated financial hardship because of COVID-19 or are on unemployment at the time. Fisher said the Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection at the Attorney General’s Office is investigating reports of unlawful evictions. “They should be called if a tenant receives any kind of notice,” Fisher said, later adding that if a senior is involved, the Office for the Aging should also be contacted. Rent has not been canceled so the full amount will be due when the moratorium expires. Fisher recommended tenants communicate with their landlords and pay what they can now, including tenants on unemployment. “I think the landlords would feel that something is better than nothing, and of course that will reduce the amount that will be owed at the end of the moratorium,” Fisher said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.