WE ARE BUILDING TENANT POWER TO ENSURE NY EMERGES FROM COVID-19 MORE JUST THAN BEFORE
COVID-19 is not the first public health crisis, nor will it be the last. We need to invest in housing for people, not for profit. We are calling on Governor Cuomo and the NY State Legislature to meet the following demands:
1. Cancel rent for four months, or for the duration of the public health crisis—whichever is longer.
2. Freeze all rents and offer every tenant in New York the right to renew their lease.
3. Urgently and permanently rehouse all New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and invest in public and social housing across our state.
Working people across New York State are facing lay-offs and struggling to pay rent and buy basic necessities. This problem will not disappear once the threat of COVID-19 has passed, and the eviction moratorium is lifted. We need real solutions that will help keep New Yorkers in their homes!
Visit our Take Action page for all the ways you can get involved in this campaign!
As tenants across the state are facing rent demands, many have been asking us for support in going on rent strike. We believe that rent strikes are powerful tools when they are organized, but that they are not an end in and of themselves.
While we are working on fostering a large-scale, coordinated rent strike, we know that many tenants won’t be able to organize their buildings because of physical distancing limitations, or will have concerns and doubts about going on rent strike for the first time. We also know that bold actions invoke increased risk.
More than 50 buildings, made up of 1,000 tenants went on rent strike on May 1. Meanwhile, more than 14,000 tenants have signed our Can't Pay Pledge as part of a mass non-compliance action. Learn more and sign the pledge here.
Because Governor Cuomo effectively ended NY's universal eviction moratorium, thousands of tenants will soon be at risk of lawsuits, evictions, and fighting their cases in court. This is unacceptable! We are calling on Cuomo, judges, and our city and state elected officials to KEEP HOUSING COURTS CLOSED until these 5 demands are met:
- Extend the Universal Eviction Moratorium
- Ensure Everyone Facing Eviction Has and Knows About the Right to Counsel
- Slow Down Eviction Cases
- Hold Landlords Accountable
- Prioritize Health, Safety, and Accessibility
The physical, mental, emotional, and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are still very much upon us. It's unthinkable to open courts and evict families!
WE WON A EVICTION MORATORIUM FOR NY STATE
As the COVID-19 public health crisis began to hit NYC, we immediately went to work to ensure that New Yorkers would not face eviction nor be forced to continue to gather in the city's housing courts to defend their homes. We delivered a letter to Mayor de Blasio that more than 100 organizations signed on to and worked with our partners to garner more than 16,000 petition signatures to Governor Cuomo. In less than a week, we won an eviction moratorium for New York State tenants, residential and commercial. Housing courts across the state are effectively closed, with exceptions for illegal lockouts, serious housing code violations, and repair orders. Tenants can still get needed repairs and back into their apartments if they are locked out, but landlords can't evict. This moratorium is in effect until June 20, 2020.
Please read our Eviction Moratorium FAQ that should answer all of your questions about how the eviction moratorium works! Our FAQ is available in various languages:
Spanish: Aquí para Español
Russian: кликните сюда для русского языка
Yiddish: דרוקט דא פאר אידיש
Creole: klike isit pou kreyòl
On May 7, the Governor issued a new Executive Order, ending the Eviction Moratorium on June 20, allowing landlords to file new eviction cases and permitting marshal's evictions from June 20th onwards. There are some protections for tenants who can show they can't pay rent because of a COVID related financial hardship. To understand this order and your rights after June 20, please read more here: English | Spanish
You can also always call the Housing Court Answers hotline at 212-962-4795 with any questions.
WE ARE CREATING TENANT ORGANIZING RESOURCES
We are creating tenant organizing resources in partnership with our allies at Housing Justice for All.
List of Resources:
- Rent Strike Toolkit: English | Spanish
- 7 Steps to Organize Your Building, A Graphic Illustration: English
- FAQ: What to Do if I Can't Pay Rent Because of COVID-19: English | Spanish
- FAQ: Eviction Moratorium: English | Spanish | Chinese | Russian | Yiddish | Haitian Kreyol
- Eviction Moratorium and Your Rights After June 20: English | Spanish
- Online Rent Payments-Know Your Rights: English| Spanish
- Landlord Tactics Against Tenants During COVID-19: Know Your Rights! English| Spanish
- List of Tenant Organizing Groups Across NY State: English | Spanish
- COVID-19 Rent Strike Legal Support Guide: English
- You can also always call the Housing Court Answers hotline at 212-962-4795 with any questions.
- Our Demands to Cancel Rent and Reclaim Our Homes: English | Spanish
- Housing Court Must Change! Our Demands During COVID-19 and Beyond! English | Spanish
WATCH: Tenant Town Hall on NY's eviction moratorium, our campaign to #CancelRent, and going on rent strike:
Check out this awesome map that tracks eviction moratoriums across the country, by the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project!
There should be moratoriums everywhere! Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to learn more about how we won in NY!