NY not extending eviction moratorium, reopening Emergency Rental Assistance Program applications

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York is not extending its state eviction moratorium.

While the federal eviction moratorium expired in September, New York continued to extend its state eviction moratorium until Gov. Kathy Hochul announced during her COVID-19 briefing Tuesday that she would not extend it again. It will end on Saturday.

The state is reopening its application portal for eviction protection and rent relief.

While the state doesn’t have the money to provide more rent relief right now, people who apply will get protection while the state reviews their application.

A state judge ordered New York to reopen the application portal for now as the court considers a lawsuit.

Lawmakers are working through other ways to help tenants.

On Thursday, Hochul and the governors of several other states sent a joint letter to the U.S. Treasury asking for more rent relief funding as soon as possible.

Hochul said 85,000 applicants still haven’t gotten their funds.

The portal opened at 10 p.m. on Tuesday. Click here to apply.