A special legislative session could come as early as next week to address the eviction moratorium in New York, after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal moratorium on evictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Landlord groups across New York have said that the moratorium goes too far, while housing advocates say it doesn’t go far enough to protect housing.
A provision in New York preventing evictions for those who have suffered financial loss at the hands of the pandemic is set to expire next week, but in an effort to avoid that, lawmakers could convene to pass a bill extending it.
Governor Kathy Hochul has already been working to more quickly distributing over $1 billion available for rent relief. Both tenants and landlords would be eligible to benefit from faster distribution of those funds.
“The Supreme Court struck down the federal eviction moratorium, and once again, New York State must lead the way,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “As the Delta variant spreads, all levels of government must work together and solve this problem. This is the time for the government to step up and protect all New Yorkers as we continue to battle this pandemic. We are working with both the Governor and the Assembly to figure out the best path forward.”
Those housing advocates who are calling for the moratorium to be extended say it should last into 2022.
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