Message from Comptroller DiNapoli
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created a serious public health crisis for New York and the economic impact to our State will likely be felt for a long time to come. My office is taking many proactive and positive steps to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and we want to help New York’s residents, government entities, nonprofits and businesses alike as they navigate these uncharted waters. We created this page of helpful resources and links to give you easy access to vital assistance and information you need at this time. Since the situation is changing rapidly with each passing day, please check back regularly as we update this information.”
- Tenant Safe Harbor Act (NYS Senate) - The Tenant Safe Harbor Act prohibits courts from evicting residential tenants who have experienced financial hardship for non-payment of rent that accrues or becomes due during the COVID-19 period. (The COVID-19 period as defined in the Act is from March 7, 2020 until the date on which all COVID-related restrictions on non-essential gatherings and businesses are lifted in the county of the tenant’s residence.) A tenant may raise financial hardship during the COVID-19 covered period as a defense in an eviction proceeding and the court shall consider certain relevant factors, including: the tenant’s income prior to and during the COVID-19 covered period, the tenant’s liquid assets, and the tenant’s eligibility for and receipt of various government assistance programs. The Tenant Safe Harbor Act does not prohibit the court from imposing a money judgment for rent due and owing by such tenants.
- Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency (NYS Office of the Governor) - Executive Order 202.66 modified the Tenant Safe Harbor Act to prohibit the execution or enforcement of a judgment or warrant of eviction through January 1, 2021, including those cases where a judgment or warrant of eviction for a residential property was granted prior to March 7, 2020 – thereby extending the protections to eviction warrants that existed prior to the start of the pandemic.
- Executive Order Extending Moratorium On COVID-Related Commercial Evictions Through January 1 (NYS Office of the Governor) - The Governor has issued certain protections through January 1, 2021, against eviction or foreclosure due to nonpayment of rent or mortgage by someone that is eligible for unemployment insurance or benefits under state or federal law or is otherwise facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Utilities: COVID-19 Moratorium on Utility and Municipal Shutoffs (NYS Department of Public Service) - For a clear understanding of your rights as a utility customer, the New York State Department of Public Service has developed a “frequently asked questions” page.
- Implementation of Paycheck Protection Program Loans - FAQs (Small Business Administration)
- SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less (U.S. Treasury Department) - The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced a simpler loan forgiveness process for businesses with outstanding PPP loans of $50,000 or less. The application has been streamlined.
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