Many New Yorkers are still struggling with financial burdens due to COVID-19. Because New Yorkers are still struggling, Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to help tenants from becoming homeless.

The governor's moratorium on COVID-19 related residential evictions will be extended through January 1. The governor is trying to provide stability to renters throughout the state.  Residential evictions, as well as late fees, will be prohibited for the rest of the year.  In addition, tenants will be permitted to use their security deposits as rent payments during the pandemic.

Yesterday Governor Cuomo extended tenant assistance by extending the Tenant Safe Harbor Act.  The governor’s executive order allows tenants who are struggling financially due to COVID-19 to remain in their homes.  Governor Cuomo said, “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-19.  We are extending the Safe Harbor Act through January 1 because we want tenants to have fundamental stability in their lives as we recover from this crisis.“

There are still a lot of unknown variables as we move forward.  No one really knows how long the virus will alter our daily living.  We really don’t know how many people will be able to maintain their employment as we go forward.  Scientists and government officials still don’t even agree on how long they believe we will be under restrictions in our daily lives.  Hopefully, the governor's moratorium will allow as many people as possible to maintain residential stability.

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