Author Archives: Robert Friedman, Esq.

NY Landlords Arrested For Unlawful Evictions

NY Landlords Arrested For Unlawful Evictions

New York landlords, frustrated with Covid-19 eviction moratoriums, are taking the law into their own hands with unlawful lock-outs, utility shut-offs and other harassment of nonpaying tenants. New York’s Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019 created new protections for tenants, including RPAPL § 768 which makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a […]

NY Child Victims Act Not a Violation of Due Process

NY Child Victims Act Not a Violation of Due Process

44 lawsuits against the Diocese of Rockville Center in Long Island will move forward as Nassau County Supreme Court Judge Stephen Jaeger recently ruled that the Child Victims Act did not violate the Diocese’s due process rights. The Diocese filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuits against it in the fall of 2019, arguing that the […]

NY Landlords Sue To Annul Eviction Moratorium

NY Landlords Sue To Annul Eviction Moratorium

New York landlords have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against New York Governor Cuomo to nullify his executive order (“EO”) limiting evictions during the COVID-19 crisis. The EO imposes an additional moratorium on nonpayment evictions of residential or commercial tenants who are eligible for unemployment insurance […]

Nursing Homes Severely Understaffed During Covid-19

Nursing Homes Severely Understaffed During Covid-19

During a crisis, sufficient staffing is critical to a nursing home’s ability to care for their residents. In the months leading up to the Covid-19 pandemic, most facilities failed to maintain sufficient staffing to meet every resident’s needs. The latest data on staffing for every U.S. nursing home can help you identify and assess the extent […]

Nursing Homes Can’t Take Stimulus Checks

Nursing Homes Can’t Take Stimulus Checks

The Federal Trade Commission has warned nursing homes and assisted living residences that they cannot require residents on Medicaid to sign over their Covid-19 stimulus checks to pay for their care bills. According to the CARES Act, those economic impact checks are considered tax credits which do not count as “resources” for federal benefits programs, such […]

NY Surrogate’s Courts Prepare for Influx of Covid-Related Cases

NY Surrogate’s Courts Prepare for Influx of Covid-Related Cases

As New York State remains at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Surrogate’s Courts, which operate in each of New York’s 62 counties and handle the administration of estates, are preparing for the influx of Coronavirus-related estate matters. Effective Monday, May 18, 2020 new, uncontested estate cases involving individuals who passed away […]

NY Child Victims Act Extended to August 13, 2021

NY Child Victims Act Extended to January 13, 2021

The New York Child Victims Act’s (CVA) look-back window for victims to file otherwise time-barred cases will be extended until August 13, 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a reduction in court services limiting the ability of abuse survivors to file lawsuits and effectively prepare their cases with an attorney. Filing a lawsuit under the CVA […]

Bar Association to Help Courts With Expected Surge in Evictions Due to Pandemic

Bar Association to Help Courts With Expected Surge in Evictions Due to Pandemic

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) has convened a landlord-tenant working group that will help the New York’s courts deal with an anticipated surge in landlord-tenant disputes resulting from the Covid-19 crisis. With housing courts closed and a statewide moratorium on evictions in effect until Aug. 20, 2020 tenants and landlords are seeking alternative […]