The New York State Legislature has voted to extend an eviction moratorium for tenants who fell behind on their rent because of hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New York’s previous eviction moratorium expired Tuesday, August 31.

The Associated Press reports that an August 12 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court nixed part of the moratorium that allowed tenants to pause eviction proceedings simply by filing a form declaring they’d had a pandemic-related hardship. The bill would let landlords challenge hardship declarations.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who called the legislature back in an 'extraordinary session' to take up the eviction, legal marijuana and other issues said the eviction moratorium legislation will stand up to legal scrutiny.

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But the leader of the Rent Stabilization Association, the largest organization of landlords in New York, vowed Wednesday, September 1 to sue to block the moratorium in federal court.

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