Hundreds gather at Bronx Housing Court urging governor to cancel rent

Hundreds of people are gathering across the city to demand the governor cancel rent as many New Yorkers are in danger of being evicted.

News 12 Staff

Jun 22, 2020, 3:49 PM

Updated 1,434 days ago

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Hundreds of people are gathering across the city to demand the governor cancel rent as many New Yorkers are in danger of being evicted.
People have been fighting to cancel rent, and today they’re continuing to fight to keep housing courts from opening back up Tuesday.
Advocates say more than 1 million families haven’t been able to pay rent since COVID-19 hit New York City three months ago.
Despite the governor extending the eviction moratorium until Aug. 20, which is supposed to protect tenants from facing eviction, housing leaders in the community say there’s loopholes.
Starting today landlords will be able to file eviction cases against hundreds of tenants, who say they’ve been struggling to make ends meet.
Dozens of people gathered in front of Bronx Housing Court chanting and hoping the state will listen. Speakers expressed their frustration and concerns the damage of opening housing court will do.
Advocates want the governor to cancel rent now and not force tenants to pay what they owe and give them time to get back on their feet, beginning with keeping housing courts closed.


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