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New Jersey, New York & Pennsylvania Eviction Notice Update

New Jersey Moratorium on Evictions Extended

Last Updated: 03/15/2021

Information on Rental Property and Evictions under Executive Order 106

NO ONE MAY BE REMOVED FROM THEIR HOME FOR INABILITY TO PAY RENT DURING THE COVID-19 EMERGENCY.

  • On March 19, 2020, New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy issued Executive Order 106, which immediately suspends evictions throughout the state.
  • This is called an “eviction moratorium,” and means that no tenant may be removed from his or her home as a result of an eviction proceeding, with rare exceptions for cases such as when a tenant is violent or endangering other tenants.
  • The eviction moratorium does not halt court proceedings; instead, it prevents lockouts and removals. The New Jersey Supreme Court controls court proceedings related to eviction and has suspended all eviction proceedings for now. This means that your landlord cannot take you to court at this time, but they will be able to once the courts reopen.
  • The eviction moratorium will last until two months after Governor Murphy declares an end to the COVID-19 health crisis, unless the Governor issues another Executive Order to end it sooner. Local officials will then resume removing tenants who are subject to final court orders of eviction.

For more details including information on: Emergency Repairs; Subsidized Tenants & Housing Assistance; Electric, Gas & Water go to https://covid19.nj.gov/forms/renter

 

Is there help for homeowners? What if I can’t pay my mortgage?

You cannot be removed from your home during this emergency, even if a final judgment of foreclosure has been entered and a sheriff’s sale of your property has taken place.

On March 19, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 106, which states any lessee, tenant, homeowner, or any other person shall not be removed from a residential property as the result of an eviction or foreclosure proceeding.

The eviction moratorium will last until two months after Governor Murphy declares an end to the COVID-19 health crisis, unless the Governor issues another Executive Order to end it sooner.

If you are facing eviction or potential foreclosure, contact a housing counselor immediately online or by calling 1-800-NJ-HOUSE.

For more details go to https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/assistance-and-benefits/is-there-help-for-homeowners-what-if-i-cant-pay-my-mortgage

 

New York Legislation (S.9114/A.11181) Places a Moratorium on COVID-related Residential Evictions and Foreclosure Proceedings

December 28, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020. The Act (S.9114/A.11181) prevents residential evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination & negative credit reporting related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also extends the Senior Citizens’ Homeowner Exemption & Disabled Homeowner Exemption from 2020 to 2021. The Act adds to New York State’s efforts to protect tenants & homeowners from the economic hardship incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residential Evictions

The Act places a moratorium on residential evictions until May 1, 2021 for tenants who have endured COVID-related hardship. Tenants must submit a hardship declaration, or a document explaining the source of the hardship, to prevent evictions. Landlords can evict tenants that are creating safety or health hazards for other tenants, and those tenants who do not submit hardship declarations.

Residential Foreclosure Proceedings

The Act also places a moratorium on residential foreclosure proceedings until May 1, 2021. Homeowners and small landlords who own 10 or fewer residential dwellings can file hardship declarations with their mortgage lender, other foreclosing party or a court that would prevent a foreclosure.

Tax Lien Sales

The Act prevents local governments from engaging in a tax lien sale or a tax foreclosure until at least May 1, 2021. Payments due to the locality are still due.

 

For more information go to

https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-signs-covid-19-emergency-eviction-and-foreclosure-prevention-act-2020#:~:text=The%20Act%20places%20a%20moratorium,have%20endured%20COVID%2Drelated%20hardship.&text=Landlords%20can%20evict%20tenants%20that,do%20not%20submit%20hardship%20declarations.

 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program Rolls Out Across Pennsylvania Counties

By: Sherri Martin on March 11th, 2021 in Industry News

 

Pennsylvania is following the primary federal moratorium on evictions which ends on March 31, 2021. The Emergency Rental Assistance program was launched by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services this week. Funding for ERAP was provided by the second federal stimulus bill approved by Congress in late December.

The purpose of Pennsylvania Emergency Rental Assistance Program is to provide assistance to renters, landlords and utility providers who have been affected by the pandemic and economic insecurity. Under the program guidelines, eligible households may apply for assistance, with funding paid directly to the landlord or utility provider. An “eligible household” is defined using the following criteria:

 

  1. Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19
  2. Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability
  3. Has a household income at or below 80% of the area median as calculated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

PA DHS is administering the ERAP for those counties with a population of less than 200,000, while counties and cities with a population of 200,000 or more are administering their own programs with direct funding from the U.S. Treasury.

 

It is expected that all 67 county programs will be up and running in the next few weeks. Several counties administering their own programs already are accepting applications, and PA DHS currently is accepting applications through its COMPASS website.

 

Visit the PAR COVID-19 ERAP resource page for additional information and links to DHS and individual counties.