Renters/Tenants Rights: What Does the Law Say Now?


A Federal CDC Order became effective 9/4/2020. It provides a temporary eviction moratorium in qualifying situations through December 31, 2020. It requires tenants to sign a form and give it to their landlord if they believe they qualify.

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This form requires tenants to verify that all of the following applies:

  •  I have used best efforts to obtain all available government assistance for rent or housing.
  • I either expect to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), was not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or received an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) pursuant to Section 2201 of the CARES Act.
  • I am unable to pay my full rent or make a full housing payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, lay-offs, or extraordinary out-of-pocket medical expenses.
  • I am using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual’s circumstances may permit, taking into account other non-discretionary expenses.
  • If evicted I would likely become homeless, need to move into a homeless shelter, or need to move into a new residence shared by other people who live in close quarters because I have no other available housing options.
  • I understand that I must still pay rent or make a housing payment, and comply with other obligations that I may have under my tenancy, lease agreement, or similar contract. I further understand that fees, penalties, or interest for not paying rent or making a housing payment on time as required by my tenancy, lease agreement, or similar contract may still be charged or collected.
  • I further understand that at the end of this temporary halt on evictions on December 31, 2020, my housing provider may require payment in full for all payments not made prior to and during the temporary halt and failure to pay may make me subject to eviction pursuant to state and local laws.
  • I understand that any false or misleading statements or omissions may result in criminal and civil actions for fines, penalties, damages, or imprisonment.

Statements are made under penalty of perjury, which means they must be truthful.

We strongly recommend you keep a copy, and document how this was given to and received by your landlord.

Rent is still due and you may still be evicted for nonpayment of rent once this temporary moratorium ends.

If you believe you may be facing eviction for nonpayment or any other reason, please also complete an online intake form so we can help you evaluate your situation.

New NY Housing Laws Can Help You!
A new law passed on June 14, 2019 that gives renters more rights, like:

  • When you are late paying rent, you landlord must give you 14 days
    (instead of 3 days) to pay before trying to evict you.

  • You now have 14 days to move out after an eviction notice, not 72 hours.
  • It is a crime for your landlord to force you out of your home without
    going to court first.
  • There is so much more to help you in the law. Ask a free lawyer or come to a free training.

    View and print a Renters Rights Flier created by Legal Services of Central New York.