Moratorium on commercial property evictions extended until Oct. 20

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday issued an executive order extending the moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions until Oct. 20.

The executive order extends protections already in place for commercial tenants and mortgagors “in recognition of the financial toll the pandemic has taken on business owners, including retail establishments and restaurants,” according to a statement on the governor’s website. “The extension of this protection gives commercial tenants and mortgagors additional time to get back on their feet and catch up on rent or their mortgage, or to renegotiate their lease terms to avoid foreclosure moving forward.” 

Cuomo first announced a state moratorium on both residential and commercial evictions on March 20 due to the pandemic. The commercial eviction and foreclosure moratorium was extended through Aug. 20 and later through Sept. 20. Cuomo signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, which provides protection from eviction for renters who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 emergency, on June 30 and additional legislation to provide financial assistance to residential renters and homeowners until the emergency expires, according to the statement.

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