ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Eviction Moratorium is ready to run out this weekend. Before it does, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, often called ERAP, is as soon as once more accepting applications to assist tenants who fell behind on their lease funds throughout the pandemic. However, those who apply this time, aren’t guaranteed to get any money.
While there isn’t any new money within the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, a pending utility will present a tenant momentary safety from eviction. Assemblywoman Pat Fahy stated she does not qualify this as a loophole round Saturday’s eviction moratorium deadline.
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“The courts have said, at least if you apply, it helps to make sure you get that day in court. And we want people to apply to court,” defined Assemblywoman Pat Fahy. “Somebody can look at the records, look at the financial findings and look at the hardships and try to figure out a way to keep people in their houses, yet make sure that landlords are not bearing the brunt of this safety net.”
Genevieve Rand, a statewide housing organizer for Citizen Action stated, whereas this will likely look good on the floor, ERAP being open once more doesn’t supply true stability for tenants and doesn’t give them a timeline on how lengthy they’ll keep of their houses in the event that they have been to use now.
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“The options to actually provide stability are concrete legal protections like a temporary extension of the eviction moratorium or the permanent passage of good cause eviction protection,” acknowledged Rand.
Another extension of the eviction moratorium is one thing many landlords don’t need to see occur, particularly since they need to proceed paying payments regardless of some tenants not paying them lease. Heidi Danis informed NEWS10 she has two tenants who haven’t paid her in a number of months.
“It comes to a point where, I don’t know how you run businesses this way, when the state is not backing up the small business owner in terms of mom-and-pop real estate,” stated Danis.
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She added in relation to landlords accepting ERAP money, there’s a catch.
“If I accept the money, it means the tenant gets to stay for a whole other year, no eviction, and no rental increase.”
The eviction moratorium deadline remains to be set to run out January 15.