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.
While all rents are still legally owed, you cannot be evicted in New York State for any reason, at least October 1, 2020. This also applies to eviction orders that were issued but not carried out prior to the eviction moratorium commencement on March 16, 2020. Courts have begun scheduling court dates for cases that began before March 17. If this applies to you, you have the option to appear virtually if you have a smartphone or computer.
City Marshals: New York State’s Chief Administrative Judge’s Memo suspended eviction proceedings, and Mayor de Blasio has reinforced the moratorium decision with a 90-day halt of related City Marshal activities. (Source) No eviction may take place prior to October 1. (Source)
CDC National Eviction: The CDC has issued a temporary order halting evictions until December 31, 2020. Tenant must meet a five-prong test to qualify and must submit a signed declaration to their landlord that states their eligibility for this protection. Eligibility is based on the following criteria:
- Tenant has attempted to receive government assistance
- Tenant meets income guidelines:
- Expect to earn or received <$99,000 (or $198K if joint) in annual income in 2020;
- Or tenant received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) this year
- Tenant is unable to pay rent due to loss of household income
- Tenant makes timely partial payments
- If evicted they would be homeless (includes entry to a shelter or a family or friend’s home).
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. (Source)
- If a City Marshal tries to evict you: Call NYC Department of Investigation (DOI) Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953.
- For information regarding emergency repair or other housing related legal actions: Visit www.nycourts.gov or call (833) 503-0447 (toll-free).
- Housing Court Questions: Housing Court Answers, call 212-962-4795 or 718-557-1379. You may also visit their website housingcourtanswers.org for additional resources. Met Council on Housing has an FAQ on various housing topics here.
- Fill out this form to report discrimination.
- For general questions regarding housing rights and protections: Call the Legal Aid Society at (212) 577-3300.
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.
- 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. Reach out on Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with questions, or for support accessing Family Court virtually for an order of protection or to file an emergency custody or visitation petition. FJCs can also connect you to a partner agency for a legal consultation or advocacy. Learn how the FJCs can help you
- 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.
Resources for Low Wage Workers
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.