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THE LATEST FROM THE NYS LEGISLATURE THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY EVICTION AND FORECLOSURE PREVENTION ACT OF 2020

On December 28, 2020, the New York State Legislature passed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 (CEEFPA) with the stated intention of protecting the public health, safety, and morals of New Yorkers from the dangers of the COVID-19 and to avoid as many evictions as possible for those people experiencing financial hardships and for those who are unable to move due to an increased risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19.

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Governor Cuomo Extends Response Window for Tenants

Governor Cuomo signed a new order on November 3rd creating a 60-day window for tenants to answer eviction filings to avoid default judgements. Of more than 17,000 residential nonpayment cases filed since June 22, 15% of tenants had answered as of October 29. The...

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Tenant Attorneys Fear Default Judgments

The latest executive order pausing default judgments is set to lift on November 4th, and tenant attorneys fear that nearly 15,000 cases will be lost by default. Concerned that the courts have not appropriately warned tenants about default judgments, they are calling...

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NY Courts Say They Won’t Expand Eviction Bans

New York's Office of Court Administration effectively extended New York eviction bans, set to expire on June 20, through September. Now, however, they say that they will not continue to extend the holds on evictions. Despite the Court calling on the other two branches...

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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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