New York, for a time the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in the United States, will extend its moratorium against rental evictions until May 2021, its governor announced Monday, December 28. The text pauses the eviction procedures already underway for another sixty days and prohibits any new eviction until May 1, 2021. “We want it to be simple, we don’t want people to be kicked out”, justified in a press conference the governor of the state, Andrew Cuomo.
The moratorium was due to expire at the end of the year. But the United States, the country most bereaved by Covid-19 in absolute terms, is still suffering from the ravages of the pandemic. Many businesses had to lower the curtain again this fall, in the face of the multiplication of contaminations. And millions of unemployed people, deprived of their jobs because of the pandemic, do not know when they will receive their next benefits, and therefore how to pay their rent.
The governor has not ruled out extending this moratorium even further if the health situation does not improve. “We will see what happens in May, but we want to protect the tenants”, detailed Andrew Cuomo.