Sorry, NY landlords: Lawmakers decide no one can be evicted during pandemic

Sorry, NY landlords: Lawmakers decide no one can be evicted during pandemic
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[Ed. – Just pay your own bills using Monopoly money.]

A sweeping eviction ban that advanced in the New York State Legislature on Monday has led to pushback from landlord groups asserting that the measure will hurt struggling property owners, while tenant advocates warned that it’s only a temporary fix.

The bill would halt evictions and foreclosures across the state for 60 days, and allow tenants and mortgagers who have lost jobs or income due to the pandemic to submit financial hardship declarations that would halt those proceedings until May 1. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he would sign the legislation.

The Democratic-run state Senate passed it by a nearly party line vote in the afternoon, and the Assembly, which Democrats also control, was poised to do the same later in the day.

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The measure comes as the state grapples with what is likely to be billions of dollars in back rent owed by tenants. …

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