Significant changes to Renters' Rights

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Significant Updates:

- The Governor’s May 7, 2020 Executive Order 202.28 extends the moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent by tenants who are facing financial hardship due to COVID 19 until August 20, 2020. Read on for more information about the Governor’s May 7 order.

- The federal moratorium requires the landlord give the tenant a 30-day notice to vacate. The landlord cannot give the 30-day notice until July 24, 2020, and cannot start new eviction proceedings until August 23, 2020.

- New programs available for tenants unable to pay rent.

- On May 7, 2020, Governor Cuomo ordered that a landlord must allow you to use your security deposit to pay rent if you ask to do so and are experiencing financial hardship because of COVID-19.

- New York State prohibits landlords from seeking late fees in eviction proceedings. Late fees are only allowed where a written lease expressly allows it.

- On March 7, 2020 Governor Cuomo issued a moratorium on all evictions. This initial order suspending evictions by the County Sheriff on a previously served 14-day notice to vacate, for 90 days, has been extended through June 19, 2020.

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