Governor Cuomo announced at his press conference today (May 7) that the state would be providing more rent relief to New Yorkers.
As another first of the month came and went, with many residents out of work due to COVID-19 shutdowns and unable to pay their bills, the state is putting forth additional measures to help renters feel more secure in their homes.
First, they will be extending the moratorium on evictions until August. That means that no landlord can evict tenants for non-payments of rent from residential or commercial buildings through August 20. The Governor’s previous moratorium on evictions was set to expire in June, so now it has been extended an additional 60 days.
Along with that, he said the state would also be banning any late or missed payment fees that could come with paying rent late, and that they would also allow tenants to use their security deposits to pay rent (which they will have repay over a period of time).
“I hope it gives families a sigh of relief,” he said. “Nothing can happen to them until August 20.” At that point, he said, they’ll reassess if any continued extensions are necessary.
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