Syracuse, N.Y. — Legally, New York’s eviction moratorium ended last month, but practically speaking it’s still very much an issue for landlords who are still unable to evict tenants who don’t pay rent.
We first introduced you to Dino Goden in December, who told us he was in the process of trying to evict a tenant just before the pandemic began. He says that the tenant hasn’t paid him rent in nearly two years.
“There’s no way I could get the 23 months of rent that’s still owed to me,” said Goden.
Even with the moratorium expiring in the state on January 15, Goden and other landlords say they are stuck. This is due in part due to a state rule that still allows tenants to remain in their apartments if they’ve requested rental relief assistance.
New York is offering those avenues for tenants to find help, but not landlords. Governor Kathy Hochul requested $1.6 billion dollars in additional federal rent assistance in January. New York’s rental assistance fund is otherwise dried up, but tenants can still request help through the fund and stay in their apartments in the meantime.
“I’ve received more calls regarding evictions than I ever have before,” said Ryan McCall, an attorney at Tully Rinckey PLLC, adding “clients that are reaching out to me are simply saying, we just want the property back so we can start turning it into an investment or return on investments like we wanted to since the beginning.”
That’s where we find Dino Goden, who says he’s unable to access an apartment in a building he owns.
He’s waiting for a new eviction process to play out in the courts and looking forward to the day when he can put this challenging chapter behind him.