NYS Eviction Moratorium to End This Week

By:
Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jan 12, 2022
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The state eviction moratorium that kept myriad New Yorkers in their homes over the course of the pandemic is set to end this week, Crain's New York Business reported. The pause on evictions was originally due to end in August, but fast action by the Legislature extended it to Jan. 15. Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed the program's end, noting that it was meant to give people just a little more breathing room, but she said that she is conferring with the Legislature on whether further action is needed. She said that she understood the anxiety surrounding this issue but noted that people have been aware of the Jan. 15 expiration date for some time now. 

Landlords are eager for the ban to end, as many have said it has been a disaster for them because tenants have no incentive to pay their rent on time. On the other side, tenant advocates are pushing to make at least some of the protections imposed by the ban permanent, such as the proposed Good Cause Eviction bill, which would prevent landlords from denying lease renewals to tenants without a good cause, with few exceptions.

New York's Community Service Society said that many low- income New Yorkers are already facing significant financial hardship and should receive more support from Albany. It noted that more than one in four low-income renters are behind in payments, putting them at risk of eviction, homelessness and broad housing and economic insecurity. 

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