NY rent moratorium to expire Tuesday; state lawmakers expected to discuss another possible extension this week
New York’s eviction moratorium will expire on Tuesday, but there is an emergency legislative session expected this week in Albany to discuss extending it.
Tenants and faith leaders are planning to march through Manhattan on Tuesday to call on state lawmakers to amend and extend the eviction moratorium.
Tenants and landlords are keeping their eyes glued to news out of Albany as Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to ask lawmakers to return for a special session as early as Wednesday to discuss helping New Yorkers facing housing issues.
“I have full confidence that the state is going to extend the moratorium, but the stakes could not be higher, and that includes for small mom-and-pop landlords as well,” says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “If the moratorium ends, the issue is that with the emergency rental assistance program, if people are evicted, those landlords would not be able to get any of their back rent back."
The Supreme Court blocked part of a law that prevented evictions during this pandemic, but housing advocates are calling on tenants to apply for protections that are still in place. They say tenants should look into applying to the Emergency Rental Program, which can be processed by the state.
The Rent Stabilization Association, which aims to protect the rights of landlords, has criticized the state for what they’re calling a poor rollout of the emergency rent assistance program, which aims to help struggling tenants. The group says constantly extending the moratorium is not the real solution.
The president of the program reportedly said if the moratorium is extended, the group plans to take legal action.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie have both tweeted recently that they’re in talks with the governor.