On Sunday November 21, 2021 the LRAP portal officially closed. I hope everyone applied while they had the chance. The good news for tenants is that they now have the right to at least some legal assistance and lower-income renters may be eligible for full representation. All this was made possible through a funding of $16 million in the latest budget. To qualify for this households must earn less than 200% of the federal poverty line. Since the moratorium will end in January and ERAP has closed their application portal, eviction filings have been increasing. City officials have been trying to inform tenants of their rights to a free attorney.
More on ERAP, according to a recent article posted by Yahoo, landlords and tenants are very frustrated at the fact that ERAP has shut down. If you did apply for ERAP before the portal closed, you might not receive funds but the court will still accept your application and stay the case. Many landlords and tenants will be left without assistance between 70,000 and 80,000 applications will remain pending. If you want to read the full article click the link below.
Yahoo Finance NY tenants, landlords ‘beyond frustrated’ as state awaits word on rent assistance funds