How does the eviction crisis end? That’s probably what a lot of people in New York City, both tenants and landlords alike, are wondering at the moment. The eviction moratorium is still in place and it’s about to be extended at the federal level by Joe Biden. And it doesn’t only apply to those who lost their jobs. Nobody can be legally evicted except in the most extreme cases involving serious criminal behavior. (And even then you’ll need a judge and a legal team to manage the feat.) This has led an increasing number of people to simply stop paying and thumb their noses at the landlord. The result was as predictable as it was financially crippling. Larger real estate and venture capital giants are mostly weathering the storm, but too many of the mom and pop, small business landlords are continuing to go under. (CBS New York)
Dozens of independent landlords say their tenants have been taking advantage of the COVID eviction moratorium.
CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to two elderly New Yorkers who are desperate for help. They say the state law is draining them of money they need to survive.
In December 2018, 94-year-old Ignatious “Bill” Pantano rented out his condo on Benson Avenue in Brooklyn and the problems with his tenant started immediately.
Pantano’s issues began well before the pandemic hit and the eviction moratorium was in place. He had a tenant who moved in and immediately failed to begin paying the rent. Despite the landlord offering to let the renter stay an extra month for free, the tenant continued to refuse to move out and still didn’t pay. It took months for him to obtain an eviction order from the courts, scheduled for April of last year. And then the moratorium went into effect, blocking any further action. It’s now been more than two years and he still hasn’t seen a dime.