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New York attorney general instructs law enforcement on eviction role

State Issues Covid-19 New York State Attorney General Mortgages Evictions

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On January 7, the New York Attorney General James issued guidance for the state’s Sheriffs’ Association regarding law enforcement’s role in the eviction process during the Covid-19 public health crisis. The guidance reminds law enforcement that tenants may provide a declaration of hardship at any point in the eviction process to obtain an automatic stay of eviction until May 1. The guidance further notes that upon receipt of such a declaration law enforcement are prohibited from evicting the tenant and occupants and must notify the court. 

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