New York State To Extend Moratorium On Evictions

The New York Times reports:

The New York Legislature is expected on Monday to pass one of the most comprehensive anti-eviction laws in the nation, as the state contends with high levels of unemployment and a pandemic that has taken 37,000 lives statewide.

For months, tenants and advocacy groups have been dreading the end-of-year expiration of eviction bans that have kept people in their homes despite their inability to pay rent.

The legislation would also make it harder for banks to foreclose on smaller landlords who are themselves struggling to pay bills. But advocacy groups for landlords said the bill could leave many in a lurch.

The Democrat & Chronicle reports:

Legislative leaders said Sunday they will convene a special session Monday to pass the sweeping COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act in a bid to keep people in their homes and help small landlords.

“Far too many of our friends and neighbors struggled to find safe, affordable housing before COVID-19 hit our state,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, said in a statement.

“Now, more and more families are struggling financially through no fault of their own, and are worried about losing their roof over their head in the winter during a pandemic.”