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New York enacts moratorium on Covid-related evictions and foreclosures

State Issues Covid-19 New York Mortgages Evictions Foreclosure

State Issues

On December 28, the New York enacted the Covid-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 (see the press release here). Among other things, the act imposes a moratorium on residential evictions for tenants that experienced Covid-related hardships through May 1, 2021, in addition to mandating specific disclosures regarding evictions. It also suspends residential foreclosures until May 1, 2021, enabling Covid-impacted homeowners and landlords with 10 or fewer residential dwellings to file hardship declarations with their mortgage lender to prevent foreclosure. The act also contains provisions prohibiting certain tax lien sales and Covid-related discrimination by lenders.

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