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NY landlords will file cases if the state extends the eviction moratorium

By 08/31/2021 11:01 AMNo Comments

New York’s largest landlord group revealed they will file charges against the state Legislature if lawmakers extend the pandemic-era eviction moratorium slated to expire Tuesday.

Joe Strasburg, president of the Rent Stabilization Association, a trade association that represents 25,000 building owners and managers in over 1 million apartments throughout the five boroughs said they will file a case and ask for damages if the state decides to extend the eviction moratorium.

“If New York State lawmakers enact legislation that disregards and attempts to circumvent the decision by SCOTUS, we will immediately take legal action, this time asking for damages,” Strasburg said.

“SCOTUS was very clear in striking down elements of New York’s eviction moratorium, and again last week when it overturned the Biden Administration’s eviction moratorium — that these bans are unconstitutional and unlawfully place enormous burdens on property owners,” Strasburg added.

Landlords earlier opposed moves to extend the eviction moratorium since it burdens their ability to collect revenue and maintain building upkeep as well as pay property taxes.

Sources said a program extension through Jan. 15, 2022, is reportedly on the table.

Gov. Kathy Hochul backs the move extending the law and is now in talks with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx).

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