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Rochester City-Wide Tenant Union

Max Schulte | WXXI News

 

About 10 people with the City-Wide Tenant Union of Rochester gathered outside the Hall of Justice on Monday morning as housing courts reopened to some eviction cases.

They carried signs bearing messages such as “Eviction Free Zone” and “Resist Evictions.” 

To help people during the coronavirus pandemic, eviction proceedings have been on holdsince March, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo implemented a statewide moratorium that ended June 20. Then in May, Cuomo extended the executive order until Aug. 20.

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Monday marks the reopening of eviction courts in New York state and members of the Rochester City-wide Tenant Union are rallying at the Monroe County Hall of Justice on Monday morning in protest.

Advocates with the union say they want to pressure landlords not to file eviction cases while showing support for tenants at risk of eviction. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the eviction moratorium through August 20 for tenants eligible for unemployment or facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. 

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The Rochester City-Wide Tenant Union is calling on New York state and local governments to cancel rent and mortgages because of the current public health crisis. 

The group is asking for unpaid rent or mortgage payments to be forgiven for up to 90 days after the state of emergency is lifted.  

“Part of our demand around cancelled rent is to put more protections in to really prevent homelessness occurring as this crisis continues to develop,” said Allie Detinger, who is with the Tenant Union.