Moving during COVID-19: How to safely find housing in NYC
While it’s encouraged to find ways to stay where you are and negotiate lease extensions with landlords where possible (note that NYC’s eviction moratorium remains in effect), many New Yorkers may still be in situations where they need to find new housing while coronavirus concerns persist.
When New York State went “on pause” in March 2020, real estate was not included in the “essential services” that were able to continue in-person work, and moved to remote operations. However as of June 22, New York City entered Phase 2 of reopening, which included real estate and has allowed offices and brokers to restart or expand work. Despite this change the threats of COVID-19 have not dissipated—our partners at Landlord Watch have gathered priority information about the ways in which the NYC housing market has adjusted for increased safety.