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NYS Eviction Moratorium Ends January 15

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The Official Website of New York StateAs the New York State Eviction Moratorium comes to a close on January 15th, NYC is launching a campaign to inform tenants about their rights and connect them to critical resources. The most up-to-date guidance on the Evictions Moratorium, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Illegal Lockouts can be found on the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT) COVID-19 FAQ.  Continue reading below for important NYC tenant information. 

The City wants every New Yorker to know three things:

  1. Lockouts (also known as unlawful evictions or self-help evictions) are illegal. All tenants (including those in private residential programs) have the right to stay in their homes unless they choose to leave or are evicted through a court process. Immigration status does not matter, and most tenants will be protected even if they are not named on a lease.
  2. Under New York City’s Right-to-Counsel (RTC) law, legal services are free, available in every ZIP code, and available regardless of immigration status. DSS/HRA’s Office of Civil Justice (OCJ) ensures tenants facing eviction in Housing Court or NYCHA administrative proceedings have access to free legal representation or advice, provided by nonprofit legal services organizations from across the five boroughs.
  3. We urge all New Yorkers in need of rent relief to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) web portal (which reopened Jan 11th at 10pm), as a pending application will provide temporary protection from eviction.

Beginning this week, the Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit (PEU) will be conducting direct outreach to tenants at-risk of eviction to inform them of their rights and connect them to support. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT), New York Police Department (NYPD), Department of Housing and Preservation Development (HPD), and HRA’s Office of Civil Justice (and legal providers), PEU has also developed resources to help get the word out about illegal lockouts and right to counsel, and to encourage tenants who are in need of assistance to contact the PEU Tenant Helpline for help.

Topics: Housing