The "Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020,” Signed By Governor Cuomo on June 17, Establishes Rent Relief For Residential Low-Income Tenants

Written By: Jay L. Hack Michelle P. Quinn

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The "Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020,” signed by Governor Cuomo on June 17, establishes rent relief for residential low-income tenants by providing up to $100,000,000 in voucher payments to landlords to subsidize rent owed by low-income tenants. Low-income tenants are eligible if their rent is more than 30% of their income and if their rent burden has increased due to a loss of income. The government agency administering the program will provide the vouchers directly to landlords for them to redeem. The vouchers will be distributed by an appropriate housing agency in each county, which may vary based upon where the property is located. The administrative procedures for the implementation of the program are still being developed. The program will be funded from the Coronavirus relief aid that the federal government is providing to New York State.

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Michelle P. Quinn


Michelle P. Quinn represents cooperative and condominium boards, businesses, and individuals regarding issues with shareholders and owners in commercial and residential landlord-tenant litigation, including summary proceedings, administrative agency hearings, and Supreme Court actions and appeals.  She has substantial experience with Mitchell-Lama cooperatives, redevelopment companies, and tenancies protected by New York State Rent Regulation.

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