ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tenants and homeowners in New York can seek protection from evictions and foreclosures through August under a law that the state’s governor signed Tuesday. New York is extending a state law that protects tenants from eviction if they submit signed paperwork stating they’ve faced hardship amid the coronavirus pandemic. New York has yet to set up an application process for New Yorkers to apply for a $2.4 billion housing relief fund that lawmakers passed in the state budget last month. Critics say New York’s law is making it “virtually impossible” for landlords to evict tenants.
Photo: Bonney Ginett poses for a photo in the doorway of her apartment in the Queens borough of New York on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Ginett, whose massage therapy business dried up during the pandemic, applied for help in July and said she was denied in October because she failed to prove loss of income. The 65-year-old New York City resident now owes more than $26,000 in back rent on her one-bedroom apartment and fears eviction. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)