The Supreme Court block a portion of New York’s eviction moratorium that allowed renters to avoid eviction by submitting a hardship declaration form that tells the state they lost income or had more expenses during the pandemic.
The moratorium is set to expire at the end of the month- but housing advocates say both the expiration- and Supreme Court decision are detrimental to housing.
“No New Yorker who has been financially hit or displaced by the pandemic should be forced out of their home,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “As New York State’s next Governor, I look forward to working with the Legislature to quickly address the Supreme Court’s decision and strengthen the eviction moratorium legislation. I will work with our partners in the Legislature to help get the funding available to those in need as soon as possible.”
The court said New York could no longer enforce a provision that allows renters to stave off eviction by submitting a hardship declaration form that tells the state they lost income or had more expenses during the pandemic or that moving would harm their health.
“This scheme violates the Court’s longstanding teaching that ordinarily ‘no man can be a judge in his own case,'” the court wrote in a brief, unsigned opinion.
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