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Guidance and Resource Update - Week of Monday, June 22nd

, Mon, Jun 22nd, 2020 7:00:00 am
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Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020 into law (S.8419/A.10522)

Late last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law S.8419/A.10522, sponsored by Senator Brian Kavanagh and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, which establishes the Emergency Rent Relief Act of 2020 – "an interim residential rent relief program to support households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic." It is effectively immediately, although we expect establishing the program will require several days, at a minimum.

This new law authorizes the use of up to $100 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding allocated to New York State. It will provide payments through a rental assistance voucher to the dwelling unit owner in "an amount equal to the difference between the applicant's rent burden on March 1, 2020 and their rent burden during the month or months assistance is requested for." Other details, are as follows:

• Eligibility – Eligible household: (i) with income below 80 percent of area median income (AMI) (adjusted for family size), both prior to March 7, 2020 and at the time of application; (ii) with a rent burden (monthly rent is more than 30% of household income) both prior to March 7, 2020 and at the time of application; and (iii) has lost income during the coverage period.
• Coverage Period - April 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020.
• Subsidy - Limited to 125 percent of the fair market rent.
• Terms – Applicants are not required to repay the rental assistance and it is not to be considered for purposes of public benefits or other public assistance.
• Administration – New York State Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) will administer the program, but may delegate responsibilities to any municipality, public housing agency or non-profit.
• Preferences – HCR will prioritize households with the "greatest economic and social need" in processing applications, considering the following criteria:
a) the historical income level of the household as it relates to AMI;
b) the rent burden of the household;
c) the percentage income lost for the household; and,
d) the risk of homelessness or eviction.

NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) - NYC Construction Restart Do's and Don'ts

Beginning July 8th non-compliance will result in the issuance of a violation carrying a minimum $5,000 penalty and may also result in the issuance of a Stop Work Order depending on the severity of non-compliance. Read the Construction guidance HERE.

A wealth of information is available on the Department's Reopening webpage, including the DOB and State Guidance, an FAQ document, and an informational flyer, which can be found HERE.

Download nyc-construction-restart-do-s-and-don-ts.pdf
Download emergency-rent-relief-act-of-2020.pdf
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