Proposed legislation would protect tenants from eviction 6 months after state of emergency ends

New legislation is on the table that could build upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo's March 20 tenant protection announcement.

News 12 Staff

Apr 14, 2020, 12:39 AM

Updated 1,495 days ago

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Local and state officials are trying to help struggling tenants when it comes to paying their rent.
New legislation is on the table that could build upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo's March 20 tenant protection announcement.
The bill, introduced Tuesday, would protect tenants from being evicted for nonpayment of rent that accrued during the duration of the state of emergency, through a period of six months after it ends.
One West Nyack tenant who News 12 spoke to says he's worried that disgruntled landlords will evict people as soon as the 90-day grace period is up.
"Landlords can just say we're not going to renew your lease and you have to move out," he says.
Mark Ginsburg, a Hawthorne attorney, says that very well could happen.
"I don't know that there's anything in place would preclude a landlord's attorney or the landlord from moving forward with an eviction," says Ginsburg.
Ginsburg added that on the flip side, there are not protections for landlords that he's aware of. Cuomo did throw a lifeline last month, announcing mortgage payments would be waived for 90 days for people out of work or working part-time.
 


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