The eviction moratorium in New York has been extended.
The hotly-debated moratorium on residential and commercial evictions was extended via bill passed by lawmakers. It means tenants impacted by COVID-19 will not face eviction through August 31.
The bill made it comfortably through the state Senate and Assembly. The protections were scheduled to end on May 1 without an extension.
“This new extension will continue to ensure that New York tenants, homeowners, business owners, and small landlords will not have to fear losing their homes or businesses,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “This pandemic has been devastating on so many levels and this legislation will help give our residents and businesses time to get back on their feet.”
The bill will go to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature. While it hasn’t been confirmed that he would sign it- there’s high-likelihood that he does- given that the first several extensions were given his blessing.
The state adopted a rent relief program using $2.3 billion in federal COVID emergency money, but that program hasn’t started yet. It was intended to help tenants and landlords, who both feel inadequately protected by the legislative measures thus far.
Housing advocates have said the state should go further to ensuring that evictions don’t happen for any reason, citing housing as a human right. Meanwhile, landlord advocacy groups say that ‘small’ landlords are the ones being negatively impacted. While the legislation says that landlords with 10 or fewer properties can file for protection from foreclosure- that doesn’t mean the balances owed will disappear when the measures expire. They say it also doesn’t mean that tenants will be able to pay back the extensive back-rent racked up in some cases.Want the latest headlines in your inbox each morning? Click here to sign up for our Morning Edition and Sunday Insight newsletters. They are dedicated to keeping you in the know. You can also download the FingerLakes1.com App for Android (All Android Devices) or iOS (iPhone, iPad)