Rent relief in NY: Eviction moratoriums extended through August, Cuomo says

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NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday eviction moratoriums have been extended another 60 days as the state continues to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

During his daily coronavirus briefing, Cuomo said the moratorium, which was set to expire June 20, will now remain in effect until Aug. 20, and there would be no late-payment fees during this period.

“No one can be evicted for non-payment of rent, residential or commercial, because of COVID until August 20,” Cuomo said.

“I hope it gives families a deep breath, nothing can happen until at least Aug. 20.”

Renters would also be able to use their security deposit to pay rent, Cuomo said.

For landlords with concerns over mortgage payments, Cuomo said the state is working with banks on relief plans.

There are also programs the federal government and state are working on relief for banks so no foreclosures would have to be carried out.

“There is no doubt a trade-off between the tenant and a landlord. We’re helping the landlords also, but on a human level, I don’t want to see people and their children being evicted at this time through no fault of their own.”

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