Since March of 2020 there have been numerous laws, acts, and moratoriums put into place with regard to evictions. On December 28, 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 which changes the way evictions can be done in New York State until May 1, 2021.
The Act puts a stay on pending matters and the tenants have an opportunity to sign a Hardship Declaration which could potentially stay the eviction process until May 1, 2021. However, the Act does not forgive the rent due and owing by the tenant and does allow the landlord to proceed with the eviction process against a tenant whose behavior is persistently and unreasonably infringing upon the use and enjoyment of the other tenants and management and/or causes a substantial safety hazard to others.
For a full advisement of the Act and what you need to know with regard to service of notices upon the tenants and how to proceed with an eviction to recover rent due and owing and/or the premises, contact a member of our Landlord Services team.