What Are My Rights as a Tenant During COVID?

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Few people have been spared the devastating financial impact of COVID-19. Here in New York, where the cost of living is high, a growing number of tenants are struggling to pay rent. If you are unsure of your rights and fearful of being evicted, keep reading to learn about the protections you have.

Several moratoriums have been issued this year to safeguard tenants. Right now, many New Yorkers facing eviction may be allowed to remain in their homes under state law and an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A state law known as the Tenant Safe Harbor Act (TSHA) and a related order of the Governor protects some residential tenants from eviction if they are experiencing financial hardship during this ongoing public health emergency. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has extended the protections of the TSHA until January 1, 2021.

New Yorkers may also be protected under the CDC’s eviction moratorium. It halts residential evictions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and is effective through December 31, 2020.

These eviction restrictions are open to interpretation and subject to change. Because the current legal landscape is so complicated, it is crucial to contact an attorney if you are facing eviction. You can request a free consultation with Reid B. Wissner to learn which rights and protections apply to your situation.

Additional Tenant Rights Information

  • Your landlord cannot evict you for having COVID-19 or being under home quarantine.
  • Your landlord cannot evict you or discriminate against you because of stigma around COVID-19, including discrimination based on race, national origin, or other protected classes.
  • Your landlord cannot force you to leave by locking you out or shutting off utilities without giving you notice and going to court.
  • Your landlord has an ongoing duty to make repairs and provide you with a habitable place to live.

Housing stability is more important than ever. If you are facing eviction or are involved in a dispute with your landlord, contact skilled attorney Reid B. Wissner today at 212-406-9288 for a free case evaluation. He serves The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and New York City areas.