NY landlords threaten to sue state if eviction moratorium is extended

ALBANY — New York’s largest landlord group is threatening to sue the state Legislature if lawmakers extend the pandemic-era eviction moratorium slated to expire Tuesday — a new measure that sources say could run through Jan. 15 — arguing the law negatively impacts property owners.

“If New York State lawmakers enact legislation that disregards and attempts to circumvent the decision by SCOTUS, we will immediately take legal action, this time asking for damages,” said Joe Strasburg, president of the Rent Stabilization Association, a trade association that represents 25,000 building owners and managers in over 1 million apartments throughout the five boroughs.

The Aug. 12 US Supreme Court decision struck down a portion of the Empire State’s law permitting tenants to self-attest to COVID-19-related income loss in a hardship declaration form, after the RSA and a group of small landlords filed an emergency injunction against the measure. Landlords argue the program made it challenging to counter tenant claims, unfairly burdening their ability to collect revenue and maintain building upkeep as well as pay property taxes.

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