HOUSING RIGHTS AND RESOURCES
The NYS eviction moratorium has been extended through October 1, allowing thousands of renters at acute risk of eviction to breathe a momentary sigh of relief.
No existing or new residential eviction warrants can be executed until October at the earliest. All new eviction cases brought by landlords after March 17 continue to be suspended.
Trials for eviction cases filed before March 17 can begin to move forward. Eviction of residential tenants filed before March 17 must be conferenced before a judge. For those cases filed before March 17, the court can’t issue a warrant of eviction earlier than October 1.
Financial hardship due to Covid that prevents a tenant from paying rent or back rent is a legal defense to being evicted. The tenant can bring this issue to the judge during an eviction proceeding and ask for eviction proceedings to be halted or delayed.
US EVICTION MORATORIUM
The US Eviction Moratorium could allow renters to avoid eviction through December 31, 2020. Tenants must declare their inability to pay using a form.
To be eligible you must:
“best efforts” to obtain government rental assistance
earn less than $99,000 in 2020 (or $198,000 if you’re married and filing a joint tax return), or received a stimulus check, or were not required to report income in 2019
Be experiencing a “substantial” loss of household income, a layoff, or “extraordinary” out-of-pocket medical expenses
Making your best efforts to make “timely” partial payments
Eviction would “likely” lead to either homelessness, or having to move to a more expensive place, or where you could get sick from being close to others
The US Moratorium does not protect tenants from:
- being evicted for reasons “other than nonpayment of rent”
- being charged “fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis.”
- Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York provides free legal services to low-income people: 833-628-0087.
- Columbia County Fair Housing office offers free advice for housing discrimination and tenant’s rights: 518-828-0342.
- Columbia County Office of the Aging provides free legal services to seniors: 518-828-4258.
FINANCIAL RESOURCESDepartment of Social Services (DSS)
Community Action of Greene County (CAGC)
Galvan Housing Resources