January 5, 2021
UIDN’s Father Frank Alagna spoke with Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa and his attorney. He reports that the sheriff will not support eviction or the threat of eviction.
The eviction moratorium covers all tenants until at least May. Tenants who have been resident for at least one month are protected — with lease or without lease, with papers or without papers, documented or undocumented.
At least until May landlords may not legally evict tenants without a court order. If they attempt to do so they will face misdemeanor charges. Court orders are extremely difficult to secure at this time; a landlord must show severe covid-related financial hardship. This applies to owners of newly acquired property as well as longtime owners.
Please note: City or village police and building departments do not have authority to enforce evictions unless a building has been condemned for safety reasons.