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Executive order extending moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions through Jan. 1

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Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:00 pm

Builds on New York's efforts to protect residential & commercial tenants from eviction amid pandemic

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed an executive order extending the state's moratorium on COVID-19-related commercial evictions and foreclosures through Jan. 1, 2020. This measure extends protections already in place for commercial tenants and mortgagors in recognition of the financial toll the pandemic has taken on business owners, including retail establishments and restaurants. The extension of this protection gives commercial tenants and mortgagors additional time to get back on their feet and catch up on rent or their mortgage, or to renegotiate their lease terms to avoid foreclosure moving forward.

"The health and economic impacts of this pandemic have been devastating, and we are continuing to do everything we can to support people who are suffering," Cuomo said. "We are going to extend the commercial eviction and foreclosure moratorium through Jan. 1. That will now align with our residential eviction moratorium so they are both extended to the same date."

Cuomo first announced a state moratorium on residential and commercial evictions on March 20 for a period of 90 days to ensure no tenant was evicted during the height of the public health emergency. The commercial eviction and foreclosure moratorium was extended through Aug. 20, Sept. 20 and Oct. 20 by executive order. The governor signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act on June 30, which became effective immediately and extended the eviction moratorium for tenants until the emergency expires. Additionally, Cuomo signed legislation to provide financial assistance to residential renters to provide relief during the public health emergency. Cuomo also has provided additional protections for residential renters from charges for late payment of rent, and allowed tenants to use security deposits to pay rent for residential tenants by executive order.

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