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A Guide To Current Tenant Protections & Rental Relief

In August 2021, the Supreme Court ended the Biden administration's ban on evictions, putting millions at risk of losing their homes. While the CDC's eviction ban is no longer in place—and as new variants of COVID-19 emerge—our housing crisis is still looming. States, counties, and cities can still ban evictions and enact other tenant protections.

Currently, in New York State, housing activists are pushing for the passage of the Good Cause Eviction legislation, which would end no-fault evictions and empower tenants to challenge unreasonable rent increases – allowing for tenants to be eligible for automatic lease renewals, as well as requiring landlords to justify rent increases of more than 3% with “good cause."

It's a two way street; whether you're a struggling home provider or renter, check the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Dashboard to find local assistance programs, too.

NOLO has compiled an extensive chart on COVID-related tenant protections by state. With no holds on evictions, there are plenty of resources to explore state-by-state with rental and housing assistance. Plus, this searchable database allows some renters to identify if their apartment is covered by the CARES Act, which requires landlords to provide a 30-day notice to tenants prior to eviction. This Act covers properties supported by HUD, USDA, and Treasury (Low Income Housing Tax Credit), and properties with federally-backed mortgages (e.g., FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac). 

You can also contact a legal aid organization in your area, too, for rental relief assistance.


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