Throughout 2020, New York State has sought to protect its residents from home-related stress through the use of an extended moratorium on evictions. Originally instituted early in the year for only 90 days, the moratorium is now set to expire on January 1st of 2021. Now, Governor Cuomo is issuing further orders to assist legions of NY rent-payers as they try to get back on their feet while surviving an ongoing pandemic.
The various extensions, orders, and legislation regarding tenant relief during COVID-19 can get confusing. Here's what you need to know:
- Even though Cuomo issued a moratorium on evictions, the NYC Housing Court is still working on eviction cases filed prior to the pandemic.
- Many do not believe that the governor's moratorium will effectively protect those who need it most. Landlords may still be able to take legal action to collect unpaid rent, despite the moratorium.
- A lot of responsibility falls upon the tenant in order to fully protect themselves from eviction. For example, tenants may need to prove that they have struggled financially, specifically due to the pandemic - or officially respond to eviction notices in a timely fashion to avoid a default judgment.
- It's important to remember that this moratorium will not last forever - even if it continues receiving extensions. When the moratorium is no longer in effect, you could face eviction very shortly if you don't take action now to understand your rights - and to protect your future.
What Should I Do if My Landlord Takes Action Against Me?
If your NY landlord attempts to evict you, locks you out, or begins proceedings to vacate your unit, you need to contact a real estate attorney as quickly as possible. The inability to pay rent due to the ongoing pandemic should not result in your losing your home.
Renters in New York City who are worrying about evictions or other landlord issues need to have an experienced New York City real estate attorney at their side. Contact our team today to learn about your rights as a renter in NYC.