Helpful COVID-19 resources for you

4 Tips for Renters Affected by COVID-19

There are always unknowables in New York real estate. Now there is infinitely more uncertainty regardless of your individual situation.  That’s what GoHomeNY is here for. 

GoHomeNY cares and wants to help you with helpful tips, resources and information for living well through a crisis. 


1. Care for Renters in NYC

Want to know how you can help or need help?  Any New Yorker’s affected by COVID-19 and needs help or wants to help those affected go to Help Now NYC.

2. Facts and Sites for Daily Updates

Want to know who to trust for factual information housing? The agencies tasked with oversight of NYC’s rental apartments are the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the state’s Division of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR). Each one has its own guide to tenants’ rights during the coronavirus pandemic including that it’s illegal for New Yorkers to be evicted from their homes because they are sick or quarantined.

3. 90 Day Eviction Moratorium for Residential and Commercial Tenants

On a state level, Cuomo has a 90 day eviction moratorium for residential and commercial tenants until at least June 20. The policy protects tenants from losing their homes for three months, but those who miss rent payments will still have to pay back their landlords. There is an ongoing discussion with lawmakers and tenant advocates for additional relief with a rent forgiveness policy. Read Curbed’s article on GoHomeNY’s blog.

4. Still Have Questions?

Want to talk to someone about your particular situation? The Met Council on Housing operates a hotline for renters who have questions about their leases and landlord issues. Legal Aid Society provides legal help to tenants in Housing Court, but who cannot afford representation. Housing Court Answers also has a hotline for questions during this time.

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