The Latest COVID-19 Resources for Renters
Apr 28, 2020
The New York City Council is introducing a suite of bills at today’s remote hearing aimed at supporting both commercial and residential renters. While New York is currently under a 3-month moratorium on evictions, this measure would beef up supports for renters by introducing anti-harassment measures, plus would block marshals or sheriffs from taking property or executing money judgments through April of 2021.
Landlords who harass tenants for unpaid rent would see some hefty fines—up to $10,000 for residential landlords and $50,000 for commercial landlords. At present, it’s not clear what behavior could clear the legal bar for harassment but presumably this would be outlined clearly should these bills pass.
In the meantime, we’ve gathered some of the latest resources for renters:
- Not COVID-specific, but always helpful: 10 NYC Tenants’ Rights Your Landlord Doesn’t Want You to Know About
- Co-Living Through a Pandemic
- What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency
- Free and Low-Cost Therapy ($0 – $50) for Essential Workers
- Datatbase of Queer and Trans Resources During COVID-19
- NYC.Gov list of COVID-19 Resources
- NYC HRA Cash Assistance Program
- NYC Pet Hotline for Resources, Care, Subsidized Vet Visits and Food
And some news: