The NYS COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act (CEEFPA) expired on January 15, 2022. This State law prevented evictions for tenants who submitted a Hardship Declaration. However, many NYC tenants are eligible for other eviction protections.
Other Protections from Eviction
- The Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) portal re-opened to accept applications on January 11, 2022. Tenants who file an application for rent assistance with ERAP will have their eviction case stayed (paused) until their application is reviewed and decided by NYS. Additional protections in eviction proceedings for non-payment of rent will apply to tenants whose applications are approved, and landlords who accept ERAP payments are also restricted from evicting for an expired lease or holdover for a year after the first ERAP payment. To learn more and apply go to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) page.
- Tenants who can prove that they had financial hardship between March 7, 2020 and January 15, 2022 may have a defense in court to eviction for non-payment of rent owed during that period, under the NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act.
If you are a tenant with a lease or you have been living in your home for at least 30 days, you cannot be evicted for nonpayment or any other reason unless the court has issued a Warrant of Eviction. Only a Marshal or Sheriff can carry out a warrant and remove tenants from their home. Landlords, agents of the landlord like the super, and lease-holding roommates cannot lock out tenants. Lockouts are always illegal, even after the CEEFPA eviction moratorium expires.
If you have questions about any letters or notices that you have received related to eviction, you can contact the Tenant Helpline.
Nonpayment Eviction Cases
Tenants who have received a nonpayment petition must answer within 10 days after they received the Notice of Petition. Failure to answer an eviction petition could lead to a default judgment against a tenant, which can lead to eviction.
If you are in an immediate housing crisis or need eviction prevention services, please visit the Eviction Prevention and HomeBase page.
If you have questions about eviction protections, legal issues, or resources to pay rent like One Shot Deals, you can contact the City’s Tenant Helpline. The Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT) and the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (PEU) can help you with questions about your tenancy and connect you with free legal assistance through the Human Resources Administration’s Office of Civil Justice.
You can receive free legal services under the City’s Right-to-Counsel law if you:
- Are facing eviction in Housing Court or a NYCHA administrative proceeding, or
- Received an eviction petition, a warrant of eviction, or other Housing Court papers, or
- Received a notice that your eviction case is scheduled for a conference
The Right to Counsel program, also known as Universal Access to Counsel, is now available citywide.
Visit New York City Tenant Resource Portal.
Contact the Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants.