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Judge orders state to re-open applications for COVID-19 rental relief program

New Yorkers will soon be able to apply for pandemic rental aid.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports State Supreme Court Justice Lynn Kotler, of the 1st Judicial District, issued a preliminary injunction ordering the state to reopen its application portal for rent relief in three business days. The state stopped taking applications in November, saying the program has run out of money. Under the program, renters are exempt from eviction while their applications are being reviewed.

Four renters and the Legal Aid Society of New York sued in December, saying the state’s decision left many renters who were not able to apply under the program at risk of eviction when the state’s eviction moratorium expires January 15th.

No word from the Governor on the ruling, nor has there been word on whether the moratorium will be extended.