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New York lawmakers to vote on extending eviction moratorium

Published:Wednesday | September 1, 2021 | 4:46 PM
Activists march across town towards New York Governor Kathy Hochul office, Tuesday, August 31, 2021, in New York, during a demonstration to call for Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousin to extend pandemic era eviction protections in wake of Supreme Court decision lifting the moratorium. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers prepared to vote Wednesday on extending an eviction moratorium for tenants who fell behind on their rent because of hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, called the Legislature to return for an “extraordinary session” with a goal of putting evictions on hold until January 15.

The Democrat-led Legislature had yet to release details of the legislation by midday Wednesday.

New York's previous eviction moratorium, which included foreclosure protections for property owners, expired Tuesday.

Lawmakers are also expected to change how the moratorium works.

In an August 12 ruling, the US Supreme Court nixed part of the moratorium that allowed tenants to pause eviction proceedings simply by filing a form declaring they'd had a pandemic-related hardship.

But the court said that landlords should have the ability to challenge those hardships in court.

Hochul said lawmakers are working on a fix that will stand up to legal scrutiny.

Months ago, lawmakers had expected New York wouldn't still need an eviction moratorium this fall because the state approved a $2.4 billion fund expected to help as many as 200,000 households late on their rent.

But New York has released only a small percentage of that money so far: $200 million as of August 23.

Hochul has vowed to get the money out more quickly.

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