ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Senate and Assembly passed a bill Monday to extend the suspension of residential and commercial evictions through the end of August.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 in March to ensure no residents would be displaced during the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act of 2021 was then signed in January to protect small businesses also experiencing financial hardship.
“Tens of thousands of people across the state are still suffering from the impacts of COVID-19. We cannot allow people to lose their homes or businesses and we can't have more people become homeless during this pandemic,” said Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, D-81. “The extension of the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures is critical to helping families keep a roof over their heads and get back on their feet, and help our small businesses stay in business.”
The moratorium was initially set to expire on May 1.
The bill has been sent to Cuomo for his signature.
Local landlords and lawmakers have expressed concerns about extending the moratorium, which could further the financial burden for some rental owners whose tenants haven’t paid rent in months.