UTICA, N.Y. – Landlords from around Central New York rallied together in Utica Friday to call for an end to the state ban on evictions.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put a moratorium on evictions to help people who were struggling financially because of the public health crisis.
The mandate allowed tenants to remain in their homes, even if they couldn’t pay rent. That means some landlords haven’t seen those monthly payments in more than a year.
Earlier this week, applications opened for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, to provide financial assistance to tenants behind in their rent and utilities. However, the tenants have to work with the landlords to apply for the funds, and some property owners say this is nearly impossible.
"I have to have the cooperation from the tenant, a tenant who doesn't even let me knock on the door; so, how am I going to achieve this?” Said Ingrid Quiceno, a local landlord. “And then all the regulations if I do receive the money, so, in reality, what they're doing is making us provide public housing without giving us the fair payment for our properties.”
Cuomo’s moratorium has been extended multiple times, and is currently set to expire at the end of August.