Housing is healthcare. As we all endure the coronavirus ( COVID-19) public health crisis, it’s more important than ever that no one is kicked out of their home. Because of NYLAG’s advocacy, as well as that of partner organizations, Housing Court, and eviction cases are currently suspended in New York.
The nature of this suspension is rapidly evolving. Below, the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition (which we are a proud member) put together the most accurate information and resources to aid you and your loved ones in navigating eviction questions during these stressful times. We condensed the important information, with a link to the full resource below.
- During this health crisis, landlords can’t sue, there will be no evictions, and all courts that hear eviction cases are closed. The eviction moratorium, which lasts until June 17, 2020 applies to both residential tenants (in all types of housing) and commercial tenants. There will be no evictions of any kind, for anyone, as long as the moratorium is in place.
- The moratorium applies to all pre-existing orders. They have been suspended and you cannot be evicted. And when the eviction moratorium ends, you will need to be served with a marshal’s notice.
- Any court dates for eviction cases will be postponed, and the court will mail you a notice with your new court date. If you have a NYLAG lawyer, you should be hearing from them soon.
- Right now, you are still obligated to pay rent. The face that Housing Court is suspended just means that your landlord can’t sue you for nonpayment right now, but once Housing Court is reopened your landlord will likely be able to sue you in a non-payment case for unpaid rent. We are working with the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition on possible reliefs for tenants, especially undocumented tenants who are generally ineligible for federal assistances.
- If you’ve lost your job and you’re eligible for unemployment insurance, you should file a claim ASAP because the benefits are very valuable.
- In NYC, you can still go to housing court for emergency repairs or if your landlord has illegally locked you out of your apartment.