Saying the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic aren’t over, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed a measure passed by the New York State Legislature that extends a moratorium on evictions through Aug. 31.

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Tenants in New York who continue to experience financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic would be safe from eviction until the end of August under a bill approved Monday by both chambers of the state Legislature.

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An array of local social change groups says the effects of the continuing pandemic show the need for basic changes, from housing payments for the homeless to restrictions on evictions.


New Yorkers having difficulty paying their rent got some relief this week. Monday was the day the state's eviction moratorium expired, but that deadline has been moved to May 1.

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New York state lawmakers held a special December session Monday to enact new protections for tenants unable to meet rent payments, due to pandemic-related job losses and other financial challenges.


New York lawmakers plan to convene remotely for a special session Monday to pass a bill extending the state's ban on residential evictions past its Jan. 1 deadline.

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Landlords in New York will not be allowed to evict their tenants for nonpayment of rent until the start of next year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, setting up a reprieve for renters who’ve been unable to pay rent for the last several months due to the pandemic.

The Trump administration is ordering a halt on evictions nationwide through December for people who have lost work during the pandemic and don't have other good housing options.

The new eviction ban is being enacted through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak, which the agency says in its order "presents a historic threat to public health."


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted constitutionally by temporarily banning evictions because of the coronavirus, a judge ruled Monday.

In New York, no one can be evicted before Aug. 20. What happens on Aug. 20?

“You know what, I can’t tell you what’s going to happen two, three months down the road, but I can tell you, whatever happens, we will handle it at the time,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a briefing.

However, advocates for both renters and landlords predict eviction courts to be busy.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has extended a ban on evictions through Aug. 20 to protect renters in New York who have lost their jobs or been furloughed due to the coronavirus shutdown. 

With rents too high and wages too low, Buffalo has an eviction problem. Research from the Partnership for the Public Good pegs the eviction rate at nearly 13 percent. Buffalo Rising has joined the effort to highlight the issue and brought Orlando Dickson and Sarah Wooten of PPG to WBFO's Press Pass to outline potential solutions.

This week on You and the Law, the discussion zeroes in on landlord and tenant relationships.  WBFO's Mike Desmond speaks with attorney Joshua Dubs about evictions.

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The Seneca Nation has sent eviction notices to approximately 80 residents who have summer cottages at Snyder Beach.

Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter claims that though many residents have resided at Snyder Beach for decades, the tribe has never given formal approval for non-Senecas to live there.

A legal showdown is expected, but whether this will happen in tribal courts or not has yet to be determined.