Federal eviction moratorium ends Tuesday, NY lawmakers to hold special meeting Wednesday
The federal eviction moratorium expires Tuesday.
New York state lawmakers are expected to reconvene in person in Albany on Wednesday for a rare special session.
They are looking into extending the eviction moratorium through next January.
Protections for tenants in New York were eroded by back-to-back U.S. Supreme Court decisions in recent weeks.
Last week, the court struck down the federal eviction moratorium saying that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention overstepped its authority by extending it.
Gov. Hochul has said she supports extending it, and she has said the state will also spend another $1 million on public awareness efforts encouraging New Yorkers to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program - or ERAP - to help low-income households that are at risk of becoming homeless.
There's $2.7 billion available in rental assistance for tenants and landlords, but only $100 million has been given out so far - less than 4% - because many lawmakers say the rollout of the program has been a disaster.
News 12 talked to two local Assembly members, Mike Lawler and Chris Burdick, who are on the Housing Committee.
They say extending the moratorium also negatively impacts property owners - some who have gone up 18 months without collecting rent.
"To extend the eviction moratorium at this point until October or end of the year really puts some of those landlords in harm's way," says Lawler.
"I do favor an extension of the moratorium but only if we can provide that kind of relief to our small landlords," said Burdick.