Moratorium on residential evictions extended to Jan. 1, 2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that the moratorium on residential evictions in New York state will be extended until Jan. 1, 2021.

The governor signed an executive order that extends the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, which provides protection from eviction for renters who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 emergency.

“We are extending the protections of the Safe Harbor Act through January 1 because we want tenants to have fundamental stability in their lives as we recover from this crisis,” Cuomo said in a statement.

Cuomo first announced a state moratorium on both residential and commercial evictions on March 20 due to the pandemic. He signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act on June 30, as well as additional legislation providing financial assistance to residential renters and landlords. Additionally, previous executive orders have prohibited charges or fees for late rent payments, and tenants facing financial hardship may use their security deposits as payment and repay their security deposit over time.

The commercial eviction and foreclosure moratorium was initially extended through Aug. 20 and later through Sept. 20.  On Sept. 21, Cuomo extended the moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions until Oct. 20.

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