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COVID-19 Tenant Resources


On September 2, 2020 CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield signed a declaration determining that the evictions of tenants could be detrimental to public health control measures to slow the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Under this Order, a landlord, owner of a residential property, or other person [3] with a legal right to pursue eviction or possessory action, shall not evict any covered person from any residential property in any jurisdiction to which this Order applies during the effective period of the Order.

This Order is a temporary eviction moratorium to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This Order does not relieve any individual of any obligation to pay rent, make a housing payment, or comply with any other obligation that the individual may have under a tenancy, lease, or similar contract. Nothing in this Order precludes the charging or collecting of fees, penalties, or interest as a result of the failure to pay rent or other housing payment on a timely basis, under the terms of any applicable contract.

Tenants, lessees, or residents of residential properties who are covered by the CDC's order temporarily halting residential evictions must complete a Declaration Form to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 may use. To invoke the CDC's order these persons must provide an executed copy of the Declaration form (or a similar declaration under penalty of perjury) to their landlord, owner of the residential property where they live, or other person who has a right to have them evicted or removed from where they live. Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should likewise complete and provide a declaration. Unless the CDC order is extended, changed, or ended, the order prevents these persons from being evicted or removed from where they are living through December 31, 2020. These persons are still required to pay rent and follow all the other terms of their lease and rules of the place where they live. These persons may also still be evicted for reasons other than not paying rent or making a housing.

On June 14th 2019 The NYS Legislature passed the Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019. The act allows for additional tenant protections in the following areas. 

The attached brochure outlines more specifics regarding the changes to the law.

On May 4th the NYS Office of the Attorney General created guidance regarding evictions under the act.  Attached below is the guidance document.


Housing Stability and tenant Act of 2019 Unlawful Evictions - May 2020 Avoiding Eviction - A step by step guide Overview of Eviction Moratorium and Declaration Form

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