Covid-19 Emergency Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 - What to Know

On December 28, 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a Bill "COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020.” This extends the eviction moratorium for non-payment and holdover proceedings to May 1, 2021 for tenants who have experienced a coronavirus related hardship, except for objectionable matters whereby the tenant is persistently and unreasonably engaging in behavior that substantially infringes on the use and enjoyment of other tenants or occupants or causes a substantial safety hazard to others and tenants who do not submit a hardship declaration. 

Current and pending evictions will be stayed for 60 days and are subject to the new requirements of the bill.

Landlords are now required to serve a hardship declaration upon the tenant(s) with the rent demands and any other required notices under the lease and notice of petition. The tenant is required to submit the hardship declaration to the landlord, which will likely prevent the landlord from evicting the tenant until at least May 1, 2021.

The bill does not cancel or forgive the rent due and owing tenants will still be responsible to pay the rent once the Bill expires on May 1, 2021.

You may contact MCV Law to discuss this further and to inquire on how to obtain the documentation to be in compliance with the bill.

The above is a brief synopsis and is being provided for general information purposes. It is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice. 

This extends the eviction moratorium for non-payment and holdover proceedings to May 1, 2021 for tenants who have experienced a coronavirus related hardship. This excludes objectionable matters whereby the tenant is persistently and unreasonably engaging in behavior that substantially infringes on the use and enjoyment of other tenants or occupants or causes a substantial safety hazard to others and tenants who do not submit a hardship declaration.