August 6, 2020
The end of a statewide moratorium on evictions will move thousands of local renters closer to homelessness, housing and legal advocates say.
The Tenant Safe Harbor Act, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 30, prohibits courts from evicting residential tenants who experience financial hardship due to COVID-19. The courts may still award the landlord a judgment for the back rent, but the landlord can’t evict the tenant. An eviction moratorium put in place by the state to protect tenants during COVID-19 expires Wednesday. That, on top of the recent expiration of a federal supplemental unemployment payment, could create an even more dire situation for many who are behind in rent.