Commercial eviction moratorium extended via executive order

Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the moratorium on commercial evictions in New York state until Jan. 31, 2021 via another executive order late last week. The moratorium on residential evictions, however, remains Jan. 1, 2021, with no mention of an extension in the latest executive order.

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 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. In September, the moratorium was extended to Jan. 1, 2021.

Cuomo 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.

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