NY’s first eviction moratorium went into effect on March 16, 2020, suspending all statewide eviction proceedings until further notice. According to the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, “during this health crisis, landlords can't sue, there will be no evictions, and all courts that hear eviction cases are closed.” This order covers both commercial and residential tenants—there are no exceptions, but the law has gone through multiple revisions since March.
Here is a timeline of changes to the New York eviction moratorium:
On March 16, 2020, NY’s first eviction moratorium goes into effect.
On May 7, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the initial New York eviction moratorium through August 20, 2020.
June 20, 2020, the moratorium was adjusted to “only apply to tenants who have suffered a ‘financial hardship’ because of COVID-19 or who qualify for unemployment”.
On July 6, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed another executive order, taking back some of the initial restrictions. Under the court’s interpretation of this order, an eviction moratorium remains in place until at least August 5.
As of the publication date of this article, there are no required in-person court dates until August 6. This means that if you received a notice to appear during the time of the moratorium, you do not have to go to housing court or take any other action. If and when evictions are resumed and court dates occur in-person, you will be mailed a notice with new info.
Any warrants of eviction which were not executed before the closure are suspended until August 5. City marshals have been notified that they cannot execute any pre-existing warrants. If you or anyone you know is being evicted now, you can immediately report this activity by calling the City’s Department of Investigation (DOI) Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953.