COVID life: Homeless Brooklyn landlady can’t evict tenant who’s more than $14,000 in arrears

COVID life: Homeless Brooklyn landlady can’t evict tenant who’s more than $14,000 in arrears
A feud grows in Brooklyn. Street in the Carnarsie neighborhood, Google Sreet View

[Ed. – The problem here isn’t COVID, however; it’s the change in law that prohibits landlords from evicting tenants who declare hardship due to the virus.  Neighbors and the landlady say the tenant has bought a car since the virus lockdown started.]

Shawna Eccles, 30, says in court papers she sleeps on the couches of friends and relatives whenever she can, and in her four-door Toyota when she can’t, after fighting and failing for months to evict Sharita Patterson, 33, from the two-family home in Carnarsie. …

Thanks to the state’s pandemic-inspired eviction moratorium and recently enacted housing regulations, Patterson has until at least May 1 before any New York housing court would even consider a case against her.

That’s because she checked a box on a “hardship declaration” form, claiming she’s been financially impacted by COVID-19 and is unable to move. Under the new rules, New Yorkers had until Feb. 26 to fill out the form, which automatically pauses their evictions.

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Patterson, a mother of three, has allegedly threatened Eccles, filed 51 false complaints about the building with the city, flooded the bathroom, leaves dirty diapers and trash around the property, broke the front door lock and replaced it without giving anyone else the key …

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