EVICTION PROTECTIONS DURING COVID: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
On August 12, the US Supreme Court issued an injunction, which immediately suspends the tenant protections in the Covid-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Act (CEEFPA). CEEFPA is the New York State law that provided the strongest eviction protections for tenants across the state. The court decision means that if you filled out a hardship declaration to delay your eviction and your case, you are no longer protected by it and your case can move forward. It also means tenants can no longer fill out a hardship declaration for protection. This is an absolutely outrageous decision, prioritizing private property and profit over the lives of hundreds of thousands of tenants. It's especially devastating as NYers fight the onslaught of the pandemic.
This Supreme Court decision does NOT prevent our Albany legislators from enacting strong (and constitutional) eviction protections. We are fighting back and demanding that Albany acts immediately to create a strong eviction moratorium until June 2022. Join Us!
While this was a devastating blow, there are still some COVID-Related Eviction protections that may apply to you. READ MORE here: English|Spanish
We will be fighting for the moratorium to last as long as the public health crisis lasts!
Read our Rent Strike Toolkit:
We believe that rent strikes are powerful tools when they are organized, but that they are not an end in and of themselves. We created this toolkit as a guide and source of resources to help folks conduct a rent strike in an organized and more powerful way.
- Housing Court Must Change! Our Demands During COVID-19 and Beyond!
- Our Demand for Right to Counsel for All Tenants Across NY State!
- Our Demands to Cancel Rent and Reclaim Our Homes: English | Spanish
- A Know Your Rights FAQ on Online Rent Payments: English | Spanish
- 7 Steps to Organize Your Building, A Graphic Illustration: English
- List of Tenant Organizing Groups Across NY State: English | Spanish
- Landlord Tactics Against Tenants During COVID-19: Know Your Rights! English| Spanish
- COVID-19 Rent Strike Legal Support Guide: English
- Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP):
RENTAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION HOTLINE: 1-844-NY1-RENT (1-844-691-7368)
List of what you need to apply
Video on how to apply
List of Groups who can help you apply for rental assistance
You can also always call the Housing Court Answers hotline at 212-962-4795 with any questions.