Breaking and associated brands will be offline for scheduled maintenance Saturday May 8 3 AM US EST to 12 PM EST. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Warren Estis, left, and Alexander Lycoyannis. Courtesy photos Warren Estis, left, and Alexander Lycoyannis. Courtesy photos

New York State has recently enacted two laws aimed at preventing residential and commercial evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law (1) the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 (the “Residential Act”) on Dec. 28, 2020, and (2) the COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Businesses Act of 2021 (the “Commercial Act;” collectively with the Residential Act, the “Acts”) on March 9, 2021. (As the names suggest, the Acts also seek to temporarily prevent both residential and commercial foreclosures; these aspects of the Acts are beyond the scope of this column.) The Acts build upon prior eviction protections set forth in Cuomo’s various executive orders and—with respect to residential tenancies—last summer’s Tenant Safe Harbor Act.

This column will summarize the Acts’ provisions, which, with exceptions discussed below, track each other closely. Generally, the Acts’ provisions are effective through May 1, 2021—although, as with other tenant protection measures enacted in response to COVID-19, this date may very well be extended.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Benefits of a Digital Membership:

  • Free access to 1 article* every 30 days
  • Access to the entire ALM network of websites
  • Unlimited access to the ALM suite of newsletters
  • Build custom alerts on any search topic of your choosing
  • Search by a wide range of topics

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

Law Firms Mentioned

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.

New York Law JournalBook

New York Law Journal, serving the bench and the bar since 1888

Get More Information

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.