The PIU is accepting applications again, those who ask for the money are not guaranteed

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The New York state moratorium on evictions is set to expire this weekend. Prior to that, the Emergency Rent Assistance Program, known as the PIU, is once again accepting requests to help tenants who fell behind in paying their rent during the pandemic. However, those who apply this time are not guaranteed to get the money.

While there is no new money in the Emergency Rent Assistance Program, a pending application will provide the tenant with temporary eviction protection. MP Pat Fahy said she did not call this a loophole around Saturday’s expulsion moratorium deadline.

“The courts have said, at least if you make a claim it helps make sure you get that day in court. And we want people to go to court, ”said MP Pat Fahy. “Someone can look at the records, look at the bottom line and look at the hardships and try to find a way to keep people in their homes, while making sure the homeowners are not under the weight of this safety net. “

Genevieve Rand, a statewide housing organizer for Citizen Action, said that while it might look good on the surface, the fact that ERAP is reopening does not provide real stability for residents. tenants and not give them a schedule on how long they can stay in their homes. if they were to apply now.

“The options for actually ensuring stability are concrete legal protections like a temporary extension of the moratorium on evictions or the permanent adoption of protection against good cause evictions,” Rand said.

Another extension of the eviction moratorium is something many landlords don’t want to happen, especially since they have to keep paying their bills despite some tenants not paying them rent. Heidi Danis told NEWS10 that she has two tenants who haven’t paid her for several months.

“It gets to a point where, I don’t know how you run business that way, when the state isn’t supporting the small business owner in terms of family real estate,” Danis said.

She added that when it comes to homeowners who accept ERAP money, there is a catch.

“If I accept the money, it means the tenant can stay for a whole year, no eviction and no rent increase. “

The deadline for the moratorium on evictions still expires on January 15.

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