The New York Emergency Eviction Protection and Tenant Protection Act, also known as the Emergency Housing Protection Act, was passed in May 2020 in response to the housing crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic in New York. The law provides protections for tenants affected by the pandemic, including a moratorium on evictions and suspension of rent increases.
Here are some key details about the law:
Moratorium on Evictions: The law places a moratorium on evictions until the state of emergency in New York, which has been renewed several times since its implementation, expires. This means that courts cannot issue eviction orders for reasons unrelated to public safety or health.
Suspension of rent increases: The law also suspends rent increases during the period of the moratorium on evictions, meaning that landlords cannot raise the rent of their tenants.
Notification requirements: Landlords are required to provide their tenants with written notice of tenants’ rights under the law, including the moratorium on evictions and the suspension of rent increases.
Suspension of penalties: The law suspends penalties for late rent payments during the period of the moratorium on evictions.
Protections for tenants affected by COVID-19: The law provides that tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as those who have lost their jobs or have had a significant reduction in income, are entitled to a rent deferment and the opportunity to establish a long-term payment plan.
In summary, the Emergency Housing Protection Act establishes protective measures for tenants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in New York, including a moratorium on evictions, suspension of rent increases and additional protections for tenants affected by the pandemic. The law also establishes new requirements for landlords in New York, including written notice of tenants’ rights and suspension of penalties for late rent payments.
Eviction Court Watch Project members attending an eviction trial in New York City. During the trial, project members observe and document the process to ensure that the legal rights of both parties are respected, including the tenants’ right to adequate legal representation and the landlords’ right to a fair and equitable resolution of the dispute.