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New York Bans Most Evictions until May

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The New York Legislature called a special session Monday to pass one of the most comprehensive anti-eviction laws in the nation. This action comes just as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order banning most evictions is slated to expire in two days and President Trump signed a $2.3 trillion government funding and coronavirus relief bill.

In signing the bill on Sunday, President Trump approved $1.3 billion in rent relief for New Yorkers and stretched out a federal eviction moratorium. But New York legislators took additional action, as some argue the requirements for federal eviction protection are too rigorous.

The Legislature convened a special session between Christmas and New Year’s to pass the measure, which was immediately signed by Cuomo. The bill bans landlords from evicting tenants for at least 60 days, protects landlords who own 10 or fewer apartments from foreclosure, and automatically renews tax exemptions for elderly or disabled homeowners. All ongoing eviction-related matters and residential foreclosure proceedings would be stayed or frozen for 60 days under the legislation. The measure also prohibits negative credit ratings to homeowners who receive a stay on tax foreclosure, mortgage foreclosure, or tax lien sale, or if they are in arrears and file a hardship declaration.

Protections for tenants, homeowners or small landlords who file an application of hardship because of the pandemic or a significant health risk related to a move will be extended until May 1, 2021. Up to 1.2 million New York households are currently at risk of losing their homes.

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