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COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act

Covid relief for evictions.

New York has passed a COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act.

No eviction action may be initiated until at least May 1, 2021 if a tenant submits a hardship declaration to the landlord initiating the eviction.

In December 2020, New York passed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act.

At that time, the act stopped all evictions (and foreclosures) of residential real property for sixty days.

An eviction can be stopped until May 1, 2021 if the tenant signs and submits a hardship declaration form attesting they are experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

Below is language taken straight from the form outlining some of the possible kinds of hardships that can be claimed. Note that the tenant does NOT need to identify which of the below hardships they are experiencing.

I am experiencing financial hardship, and I am unable to pay my rent or other financial obligations under the lease in full or obtain alternative suitable permanent housing because of one or more of the following.

Significant loss of household income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Increase in necessary out-of-pocket expenses related to performing essential work or related to health impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Childcare responsibilities or responsibilities to care for an elderly, disabled, or sick family member during the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively affected my ability or the ability of someone in my household to obtain meaningful employment or earn income or increased my necessary out-of-pocket expenses.

Moving expenses and difficulty I have securing alternative housing make it a hardship for me to relocate to another residence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic have negatively affected my ability to obtain meaningful employment or earn income or have significantly reduced my household income or significantly increased my expenses.

Vacating the premises and moving into new permanent housing would pose a significant health risk because I or one or more members of my household have an increased risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19 due to being over the age of sixty-five, having a disability or having an underlying medical condition, which may include but is not limited to being immunocompromised.

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Covid relief for evictions.

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