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Cuomo changes eviction ban

Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Office of the Governor)

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that he had extended the state’s eviction moratorium through August, but downplayed how much the measure would change after June 20th. The two-month extension will only apply to tenants unable to pay rent due to Covid-19, or who qualify for unemployment.

  • Need clarity from Albany: The executive order limits the ban to renters who are “eligible for unemployment insurance or benefits under state or federal law or otherwise facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” The Real Deal noted that the order doesn’t specify the parameters for qualifying for “financial hardship.”
  • Be Smart: This is a significant departure from the earlier ban, which didn’t limit which residential and commercial tenants were protected. The change also potentially opens the door for landlords to move forward with certain eviction actions. In the coming days, business leaders plan to request clarification from Cuomo to address this cloud of uncertainty, TRD noted.

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