Bill extending residential eviction moratorium passed by Legislature, awaits Cuomo’s signature

The New York State Legislature on Monday passed a bill Monday afternoon prohibiting residential evictions due to impacts related to COVID-19 until Aug. 31, and will become official once Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs it. The most recent extension expired May 1.

Tenants must submit a hardship declaration, or a document explaining the source of the hardship to prevent evictions, according to the governor’s website.

The legislation also helps tenants facing eviction and mortgagors facing foreclosure proceedings due the pandemic related to:

  • foreclosure proceedings;
  • tax lien sales;
  • credit discrimination/negative credit reporting; and
  • senior citizens’ and disabled homeowner exemptions.

Cuomo first signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act on June 30, 2020 creating a temporary moratorium on residential evictions as well as additional legislation providing financial assistance to residential renters and landlords.

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