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Posted on: September 2, 2021

Gov. Hochul Signs into Law a New Moratorium on COVID-Related Residential & Commercial Evictions

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Urges New Yorkers to Apply to State's Emergency Rental Assistance Program - More Than $1.2 Billion in Funding Obligated or Disbursed through ERAP.  New Law Expands Rental Assistance Program and Accompanying Eviction Protections to Localities That Had Previously Opted Out, Enacts Foreclosure Protections for Landlords and Homeowners.

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GOVERNOR HOCHUL SIGNS NEW MORATORIUM ON COVID-RELATED RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL EVICTIONS INTO LAW, EFFECTIVE THROUGH JANUARY 15, 2022

Early this morning, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a new moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions for New York State which is in effect until January 15, 2022. Under the new law, all protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act for residential tenants who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic will remain in place, along with new protections on commercial evictions.

"The pandemic has created unimaginable anxiety for families and business owners who have lost income and are struggling to pay the rent every month," Governor Hochul said. "To help remedy the Supreme Court's heartless decisions striking down the New York and the Biden administration's moratoriums on evictions, we are enacting a new moratorium on residential and commercial evictions and extending the protections of New York's Safe Harbor Act to January 15. These steps will alleviate the crisis facing vulnerable New Yorkers who are suffering through no fault of their own." 

Governor Hochul urges New Yorkers who are struggling to pay their rent to apply for assistance through the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP. Applicants to this program are automatically protected from eviction while their application is pending and will receive a year of eviction protections if they qualify for assistance. The application is available here

As of August 31, more than $1.2 billion in funding has either been obligated or distributed through ERAP, including more than $300 million in direct payments to more than 23,000 landlords. 


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