New York deportation ban extended until January
Many were shocked when lawmakers allowed the CDC’s ban on deportation to expire at the end of July. And while a second ban was subsequently put in place which was to last until early October, it was recently revoked, leaving many tenants in need of protection.
For New York residents, there is good news in this regard. New York state lawmakers recently voted to extend state eviction protections for tenants until January 15, 2022. This means those who are behind on their rent can get a stay. prolonged.
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A much needed dose of relief
Renters across the country are behind on their housing payments and need help to avoid becoming homeless. But the situation in New York is particularly dire. This is because New York has the highest share of renters in the 50 states, with the majority of those who rent residing in New York.
It is estimated that more than 700,000 New York households are still in arrears with their rent payments, according to a recent analysis of US census data by the National Equity Atlas. Only California has a higher share of late renters, with around 750,000 households.
Part of the reason so many New York renters are still late in paying their rent is that the state has been slow to distribute its share of rent relief funds. The last two stimulus bills collectively allocated $ 45 billion in rent assistance, and that amount of money was then distributed among states to be disbursed individually. But New York’s application system has been plagued by technical difficulties that have left many tenants waiting for help.
In total, New York has been allocated $ 2.7 billion in rent relief funds. By the very end of August, only about $ 203 million had been paid. This means that the state has only distributed about 7% of the funds it has received and that only about 15,000 households have received their share of this aid.
Now the good news is that tenants who are behind on their rent cannot be evicted in New York if they have already submitted a request for relief but have not yet received their money. As of August 23, the latest date for which application data is available at the time of writing, New York had received more than 176,000 applications.
The problem is compounded by the fact that not all tenants know that rent relief is available. And a cumbersome application process can prevent some people from getting the help they need.
Fortunately, landlords can apply for rent relief on behalf of tenants. And given how many homeowners need this money to cover their own mortgages and expenses, they are likely to be motivated to help in this regard.
In total, many tenants have still not recovered from the impact of the pandemic. The fact that New York has extended its eviction ban is a good thing for those at risk of losing their homes. And while landlords could argue that extending this moratorium is doing them a disservice, if the state accelerates the distribution of its rent relief funds, landlords may also begin to recover financially from the events of the past 18 years. month.