Tenants, landlords battle as judge extends moratorium on evictions to October

A New York judge extended the moratorium on evictions until Oct. 1, as many tenants can't pay rent and landlords who are not getting paid can't pay their bills.

News 12 Staff

Aug 19, 2020, 9:10 PM

Updated 1,374 days ago

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A New York judge extended the moratorium on evictions until Oct. 1, as many tenants can't pay rent and landlords who are not getting paid can't pay their bills.
Some tenants haven't paid rent in nearly five months due to the pandemic, and say this is a relief as they struggle with unemployment.
Dennis Hanratty, with Mount Vernon United Tenants, says it's the quiet before the storm.
He works to keep renters from becoming homeless in a city where 60% of residential properties are rented. Hanratty says while the moratorium is helpful, he worries there is no plan when it's over to help renters pay months of back due rent.
Jerry Houlihan, who represents landlords across Westchester County, says they are working with tenants, like waiving late charges and developing payment plans.
He says they're also concerned about what will happen after the moratorium on evictions is lifted. Houlihan says while many are struggling, landlords also need income to maintain properties and pay bills.
It is still unclear what will happen once evictions protections end. Mount Vernon United Tenants is recommending renters work out a payment plan with their landlords and make whatever payments they can now so the debt doesn't pile up.
 
 


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