A landlord says her tenants are terrorizing her. She can’t kick them out.


Federal guarantees on tenants expire this month, but New York has extended a separate statewide moratorium for an additional month, until August.

New York’s housing courts are preparing to reopen for in-person hearings shortly after the state’s moratorium is lifted, but it could take several months, and possibly longer, for the backlog to clear. Even before the pandemic, a deportation case could take up to a year to be tried.

Before the outbreak, New York City homeowners filed between 140,000 and 200,000 expulsion cases every year against tenants, who often find themselves alone in court, without a lawyer, fighting to stay in their homes.

While most cases were resolved without a court-ordered eviction – 9 percent of cases in 2017 resulted in an eviction, the city said – tens of thousands of New York City residents lost their homes again each year, while the rest had their names added to “tenant blacklists” shared among landlords.

Across the country, more than seven million households are behind on rent due to unemployment and lost wages, including about 500,000 in New York State, according to the census. Renters across the country owe an average of $ 5,600 in unpaid rent, according to a Moody’s report.

“Tenants live with extreme anxiety about whether they can stay in their homes,” said Cea Weaver, tenant advocate and strategist for the Housing Justice for All Coalition. “It was psychologically traumatic for the tenants and especially for all the tenants who are parents. Protecting tenants has been essential in saving lives.

Ms. Mangal never wanted to own a property. For years she had lived in the upstairs unit of the house, owned by her mother, as just another tenant with her boyfriend, although she had paid the “daughter discount” of $ 900. $ per month. Her mother, Ahutey Mangal, 70, raised $ 1,600 for the first floor unit and $ 800 for the basement apartment.


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