The nationwide ban on certain residential evictions is set to expire on January 31, 2021. It has helped keep millions of struggling Americans in their homes as the pandemic rages on. President-elect Joe Biden plans to ask Congress to extend that ban until September 30, 2021.
However, an extension alone may not be enough to protect tenants. That’s why the Biden administration hopes lawmakers will approve an additional $30 billion in rental assistance. Another $5 billion would be set aside to help struggling individuals secure housing. And a fund would be created to make legal assistance available to individuals facing eviction.
Do I Need a Lawyer for an Eviction During COVID?
Legal representation is crucial during this time. It’s the only way for some renters to stay safe and in their homes. Unfortunately, evictions are still taking place across the country.
Some tenants simply don’t know about their rights. They move without a hearing because they're worried about an eviction showing up on their record. Others are intimidated by landlords who threaten criminal charges or similar consequences.
There have also been cases of landlords attempting to circumvent non-payment evictions. They decide to go after residents for relatively minor violations involving noise or trash instead.
Our experienced landlord/ tenant dispute lawyer understands complex federal and state eviction laws and can help tenants avoid unlawful eviction. You may be protected under the nationwide eviction ban if you have endured financial hardship related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 offers additional protections for qualified New Yorkers until May 1, 2021.
If you are facing eviction or are involved in a dispute with your landlord, call 212-406-9288 to request a free consultation. Reid B. Wissner is a highly skilled landlord/ tenant dispute lawyer who will ensure that your rights are protected. We serve clients in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and New York City areas.