1 COVID-19 Updates – Legal Services Of the Hudson Valley

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If you have had a financial hardship you cannot be evicted until 2021. Read the Governor’s executive order 202.66 here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/EO_202_66.pdf. The law referenced in the Governor’s order is here: https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?default_fld=&leg_video=&bn=A10290&term=2019&Summary=Y&Text=Y

The CDC has issued a nationwide order preventing evictions for non-payment of rent until December 31, 2020 for tenants who meet certain criteria.

Courts throughout the state are gradually reopening for more and more types of cases. Some courts have started hearing landlord-tenant cases. Most of the cases were filed before the courts shut down. Many courts are hearing some types of cases virtually.

There is a new statewide court order effective August 13th. It prohibits any evictions until October 1. It changes the way courts may handle eviction cases which had started before March 16th and where the tenant does not have a lawyer. Deadlines to respond to court papers are pushed back until October 4.  The order is on the New York court’s website at https://www.nycourts.gov/whatsnew/pdf/Rev_Ev_8_12.pdf

On June 30, the Governor signed a law prohibiting judgments of possession and the signing of warrants of eviction in non-payment proceedings against tenants who have unpaid rent from March 7th through when the Governor’s office lifts all orders restricting the size of gatherings and  who have suffered a Covid-related financial hardship. It is up to the tenant to satisfy the court that she suffered a Covid-related financial hardship.

For any federally subsidized housing, any non-payment proceeding must start with a 30-day notice, which was not permitted to be served before July 24.

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 December 31, 2020, unless a property is vacant and abandoned. Additionally, in some cases, landlords with such covered loans are prohibited from evicting tenants through December 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 the statewide rent relief program), 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.

To find services that may be able to help click here: https://findservices.ny.gov/app/survey

LSHV Update

All offices are open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We strongly encourage applicants who cannot complete an intake by phone to make an appointment for an in person intake. If we provide you with an in-person appointment, you will be required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing. If you need assistance with a legal issue, please contact us by calling your local office or our general intake number (877-574-8529):

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

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