The impact of COVID-19 on affordable housing and victims of domestic violence changes regularly. We will be updating this page throughout this crisis.
To get regular updates on the latest developments on COVID-19 in New York City text COVID to 692‑692. You will receive SMS texts from NYC with the latest news and developments. You can text ‘COVIDESP’ to get updates in Spanish.
Due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 there is an eviction moratorium. Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the moratorium.
Lease Expirations: If your lease is expiring during the COVID-19 pandemic and you want to renew, you should try to work with your landlord to extend the current lease or proceed with a month-to-month extension. The resulting correspondence and agreement should be done over e-mail so that there is a paper record of the precise terms agreed upon.
Rent Increases: As usual, your rent in a market rate apartment cannot be increased until your current lease expires. All rules regarding notice about rent increases also apply. Landlords are still required to provide a minimum of 30-days notice of rent increases above 5 percent for tenancies of less than a year, and up to 90 days for longer tenancies of two years or more.
If you live in a rent-stabilized unit and your lease expires between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, you are able to sign a 1-year lease with a 0% increase in your rent or a 2-year lease with a 0% increase in the first year and a 1% increase in the second year. (Click here for NYC Rent Guidelines, Apartment and loft guidelines for leases commencing between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021)
- If a City Marshal tries to evict you: Call NYC Department of Investigation (DOI) Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953.
- Housing Court Questions: Housing Court Answers, call 212-962-4795 or 718-557-1379.
- Fill out this form to report discrimination.
We’ve put together some answers to questions you may have regarding how COVID-19/coronavirus may impact renting an affordable apartment and accessing documents. Click here for the FAQ. You can find additional updates to the affordable housing process on HPD’s page for Covid-19 Updates.
- The Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Hotline is still available 24/7. Call 1-800-621-HOPE (4673)
- NYC Family Justice Centers (FJCs) remain available by phone with guidance on immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, and community resources. Learn how the FJCs can help you and how to contact your borough’s Family Justice Centers.
- You can also locate nearby resources online using NYC HOPE, the City’s Resource Directory for services for survivors
- Domestic Violence Shelters are still open for intake. Call the City’s 24-hour Domestic Violence hotline (1-800-621-4673; TTY: 1-800-810-7444) to learn more.
If you have been impacted by COVID-19, please click here to find out what benefits you may be eligible for.
The New York City Low Wage Workers Task Force (LWWTF) has developed a COVID-19 resource sheet for workers in New York State which describes the various COVID-19 benefit programs including eligibility rules. This is a useful resource for both individuals and service providers.
Legal Services NYC has provided this page on COVID-19 Resources for Clients where you can find additional information on a variety of topics related to covid-19.
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) is operating a COVID-19 Legal Hotline at 929-356-9582. More information on the services provided through this hotline can be found here.