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As federal eviction ban expires, NY renters have 30 more days

Aug 01, 2021 5:30 am

Bernadette Hogan, Georgett Roberts, Priscilla DeGregory and Bruce Golding are reporting for the New York Post the current state moratorium on evictions will remain in place for another month even as a similar federal ban expires this weekend, giving New Yorkers who owe back rent at least 30 more days before landlords begin to take action. New York is one of nine states along with Washington, DC, where tenant protections run past the deadline set last month when Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended an order banning evictions “to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.” In May, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the state ban on virtually all eviction and foreclosure proceedings through Aug. 31. Olga Someras, general counsel of the pro-landlord Rent Stabilization Association, is predicting the housing courts will be overwhelmed by “the sheer volume of cases” once the moratorium ends. “I think what you will see is a lot of people going into foreclosure, being forced to sell to cash buyers or people able to take advantage of landlords who can’t wait anymore for the court to allow their case to proceed,” she said. Meanwhile, the state is sitting on a $2.7 billion that was set aside to cover up to 15 months of back rent and up to a year of utility bills owed by low- and moderate-income households, regardless of immigration status. Last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer blasted the Cuomo’ administration for not handing out the money, “before it’s too late for tenants and landlords.” Cuomo has now announced a streamlined application process that he said would result in payments to as many as 200,000 households. Read more in the New York Post.