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Governor Extends Moratoriums on Covid-Related Evictions

In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order imposing a moratorium on residential evictions where the tenant has incurred financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus emergency. In June, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, which extended these protections for several months.

On September 28, 2020, the Governor issued an Executive Order further extending these provisions through January 1, 2021. This extension prohibits the enforcement of any warrant of eviction against a tenant who has suffered a COVID-related financial hardship. The extension applies whether the warrant was issued before or after the COVID emergency began. In a separate Executive Order, the Governor has extended a moratorium against COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures until October 20, 2020.