LONG ISLAND, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — New York State's Tenant Safe Harbor Act will be extended until Jan. 1, 2021 to protect additional residential tenants from eviction if they are suffering financial hardship during COVID-19, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday.
"As New York continues to fight the pandemic, we want to make sure New Yorkers who are still struggling financially will not be forced from their homes as a result of COVID," Cuomo said. "We are extending the protections of the Safe Harbor Act through January 1 because we want tenants to have fundamental stability in their lives as we recover from this crisis."
Cuomo first announced a state moratorium on residential and commercial evictions on March 20 to ensure no tenant was evicted during the height of the public health emergency. Cuomo then signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act on June 30 which became effective immediately as well as additional legislation providing financial assistance to residential renters and landlords. Additionally, previous Executive Orders have prohibited charges or fees for late rent payments, and tenants facing financial hardship can still use their security deposit as payment and repay their security deposit over time.
Earlier this month, the state's moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures was extended by Cuomo's Executive Order, until Oct. 20. This measure extends protections already in place for commercial tenants and mortgagors.