Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the rent-related eviction freeze in New York to mid-August.
The announcement came at his daily press briefing on Thursday. The extension means that it will live for another 60 days – beyond the current June end date.
He also said there would be a ban on late-payment fees, and moving forward security deposits can be used as payment if necessary.
“Everyone is just making do, and everyone has hardships,” Cuomo said. “We just want to make sure the people who are most vulnerable are protected.”
There have been some federal programs put it place to relieve those who have rental properties. As for anything beyond August 20th – the Governor said it will be a wait-and-see approach. “We’ll see what happens between now and then,” he added.
It’s unclear if all past due rent will come due after the initial date, or if payments would be applied to the back-half of a rental agreement. Cuomo did not provide specifics on that part of the issue.