Though new eviction cases still can’t be filed, a new court directive issued yesterday indicates that eviction conferences, or negotiations facilitated by a judge, can resume virtually, The Real Deal reported. That has resulted in hundreds of such conferences being scheduled across the boroughs, according to a spokesperson for the court.
- Worth Noting: By restarting pending cases, the court hopes to reduce the expected bottleneck of cases when evictions start back up in August.
- Why it matters: Landlords’ attorneys praised the move as important but underscored its limitations. The new directive does not allow landlords to file new eviction proceedings, which were halted by a March 15 state order. The order was later extended through August, with the caveat of “financial hardship”, which still hasn’t been defined. [TRD]