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Courts throughout the state are gradually reopening for more and more types of cases. Courts are not yet hearing regular landlord tenant eviction calendars.
On June 18, the head of the New York court system ordered that eviction cases are suspended through July 6. All deadlines to file court papers are on hold through July 6. Tenants will not have to go to court on eviction cases at least through July 6. The courts are working on eviction cases that were in court before the shut down where there was an attorney on each side.
On May 7, the Governor issued an executive order prohibiting the start of an eviction case for non-payment of rent or a foreclosure proceeding against anyone facing hardship due to the pandemic. The order also prohibits the enforcement of any eviction or foreclosure order against anyone facing financial hardship. This lasts until August 20. The June 18 court order requires eviction papers to include a statement about Covid-related financial hardship, and a notice about how a tenant can find legal advice.
For any federally subsidized housing, there is a suspension of evictions through July 24, 2020, with a 30-day notice required before an eviction case can be started.
Note: Regarding foreclosure, the Governor’s executive order applies only to mortgage loans serviced by an entity licensed or chartered by the Department of Financial Services.
Servicers of federally-backed mortgage loans may not initiate the foreclosure process, move for foreclosure judgment or order of sale, or execute a foreclosure sale between March 18, 2020 and August 31, 2020, unless a property is vacant and abandoned. For more information, go to: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers/coronavirus/mortgage.) Likewise, landlords with such covered loans are prohibited from evicting tenants through August 31, 2020.
Emergency cases can be filed and the courts are handling them virtually. Emergencies include illegal lockouts, essential services (hot water, electricity), and orders of protection. This court system website for Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties includes phone numbers and email addresses for each county including email addresses for each city court.
If you have a housing emergency in a town or village in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland or Westchester county, use the consolidated city court email for your county. If you have a housing emergency and live in a city, we recommend using both the consolidated city court email and the email address for your city court.
Contact and other information for Supreme, Family and Kingston city court in Sullivan and Ulster counties is here.
If you live in Ulster county, email KingstonCityCourt@nycourts.gov; if you do not have email call 845-481-9350.
If you live in a town or village in Sullivan county, email SullivanSupremeCourt@nycourts.gov ; if you do not have email call 845-791-3540.
There are many other changes in federal and state law that have been recently enacted to provide homeowners, consumers, public benefits applicants and recipients, and others with relief.
If you need
- help with an emergency case, or
- help with information about a non-emergency case, or
- help because you were called for a conference, or
- help obtaining a COVID-related benefit (such as a stimulus check or extended unemployment), or
- help understanding changes in the law, then
Please call our central intake line at 1-877-574-8529 so that we can assess your eligibility for intake by our office. If you are eligible, your case will be assigned to an attorney for evaluation. Thank you.
Given the ongoing health crisis of COVID-10/Coronavirus, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley remains open. At the same time, we are keeping in mind the health and safety needs of our staff, clients, and community stakeholders. We are doing our best to help minimize the potential transmission of COVID-19/Coronavirus. We know that many of our clients – older adults, people with chronic health conditions, and others – are particularly vulnerable. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is therefore cannot be seeing people in-person in our offices. We continue to provide services but are doing so remotely. If you need assistance with a legal issue, please contact us by calling your local office:
Yonkers: (914) 376-3757, press 0 for the operator
Mount Vernon: (914) 813-6811
White Plains: (914) 949-1305, press 0 for the operator or ext. 100 or ext. 127
Peekskill: (914) 402-2192 ext. 193 or ext. 159
Spring Valley: (845) 476-3831 ext. 180 or ext. 162
Poughkeepsie: (845) 471-0058 ext. 400
Newburgh: (845) 569-9110 ext. 200 or ext. 212
Goshen: (845) 495-4305 ext. 231
Kingston: (845) 331-9373 ext. 500
Monticello: (845) 495-4305 ext. 231