We’re starting to see some increasingly serious calls to extend executive authority in a time of crisis to unprecedented levels in a number of large cities, particularly across the northeast. The issue at hand is once again the large number of people who were unable to pay their rent on the first of the month because they were put out of work when the government shut down their employers’ businesses. It’s a serious challenge to be sure, but the remedy may wind up being even worse. Renters in New York City have led the way in getting the #CancelRent hashtag trending and some mayors and governors have begun to listen.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has issued an order allowing tenants to have their security deposits applied toward their rent. In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking for the same type of arrangement. And one state senator in New York is asking Governor Cuomo to order that three months rent be “forgiven” instead of deferred. (CBS New York)
While there was already a 90-day moratorium on evictions in New York and a 90-day mortgage deferment in place, Sen. Michael Gianaris has been pushing to forgive rent payments for 90 days…
“What I’ve done is asked the governor to do this by executive order, which is within his powers, because we can’t wait,” Gianaris said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he wants to get to 90 days from now and see where we are.