Cuomo extends moratorium on COVID-related residential evictions until Jan. 1

AmNews Staff Reports | 9/28/2020, 4:28 p.m.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the State's Tenant Safe Harbor Act is being expanded until Jan. 1, 2021 to protect additional ...

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the State's Tenant Safe Harbor Act is being expanded until Jan. 1, 2021 to protect additional residential tenants from eviction if they are suffering financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Executive Order extends the protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act to eviction warrants that existed before the start of the pandemic.

The governor signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act June 30 which became effective immediately 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 can still use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.

Earlier this month, the State's moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures was extended by Governor Cuomo by Executive Order, until Oct. 20.