Any New Yorker behind on their rent, because of financial or medical hardship due to COVID-19, should submit a Hardship Declaration Form by Feb. 26 to avoid facing eviction or unnecessary court proceedings until at least May 1st. In a city of millions, New York City housing courts have received fewer than 2,300 of these forms. This video explains how the forms work, where to submit the form, and answers other FAQs.
NYLAG’s Sophie Cohen contributed to this New York Times article on the impacts of recent rent increases in New York City. “When a rent-stabilized apartment has annual rent increases of this magnitude, it is no longer about affordability and sustainability for tenants.”