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Commercial Lease Personal Guaranty Enforced

Nicholas Yokos and Craig Gambardella represented a Landlord in a plenary action in Supreme Court, Kings County to enforce a personal guaranty under a commercial lease, moving for summary judgment in lieu of complaint. In opposition to the Landlord’s motion, the...

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New York Judge Issues Bewildering Directive

Last Thursday, Judge Lawrence Marks issued a memo laying out the steps for filing new evictions electronically or by mail. Unfortunately, the system is not yet operational. The memo states that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's previous blanket eviction moratorium would remain in...

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Pre-Pandemic Evictions Facing More Delays

Last week, the NYC Bureau of Marshals issued guidance for the re-service of thousands of eviction notices issued before March 16. These pending evictions are now "stale"; more than 30 days have passed since the earliest eviction date on the notice. The new guidance...

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Guidance Issued for Upcoming Eviction Cases

New York Civil Court Administrative Judge Anthony Cannataro issued three notices on Friday regarding Gov. Cuomo's latest executive order. The order prohibits nonpayment evictions against "someone that is eligible for unemployment insurance or benefits" or a...

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Pending Eviction Cases are Going Virtual

This week, the New York City Housing Court began taking up qualifying cases in virtual settlement conferences. According to Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, eligible cases must have commenced before the pandemic, and both parties must have counsel. While...

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Gov. Cuomo’s New Executive Order: What’s the Catch?

Governor Cuomo rolled out an extension last week on the state's moratorium on convictions through August. In a surprising change from the earlier ban, the new order only applies to tenants unable to pay rent due to COVID-19 or who qualify for unemployment. Speaking to...

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