FAQ: What to do on April 1

This FAQ was written by Right to Counsel NYC Coalition and Housing Justice for All

To get the full Rent Strike Toolkit go to bit.ly/RentStrikeNY

There is an Eviction Moratorium in New York State.  Courts are closed, landlords cannot sue you and you cannot be evicted for any reason as long as the moratorium lasts.  For more info about how the moratorium works, go here. 

What if I can’t pay my rent on April 1? You are not alone.  Millions of people can’t pay rent right now. The moratorium buys you time because the landlord can’t sue you or evict you.  It doesn’t mean you won’t be obligated to pay rent later, but you don’t have to worry about court or an eviction right now. 

I won’t be able to pay the rent later, either. You are not alone! The eviction moratorium is the first step during this crisis, but we need to prepare for when we emerge. We’re fighting to #CancelRent, so that whatever rent is accumulated during this crisis is never collectible by your landlord. Not right now, and not after the crisis either.  This is a political problem, and it needs a political solution. Here are four easy things that you can do right now, from home, to support our campaign to #CancelRent. 

  1. Sign our petition to the Governor. Governor Cuomo has all the power in New York State right now. He has already taken action to waive mortgage payments for homeowners. Sign our petition to make sure he takes action to waive rents for renters and immediately rehouse 92,000 homeless New Yorkers.

  2. Call Governor Cuomo and demand that he #CancelRent. Here’s all the info you need to make the call!

  3. Share that you took action with us on Social Media. Post our petition using any of the sample tweets and graphics in this social media toolkit. Tag 10 friends or organizations and ask them to do the same.

  4. Go to www.housingjusticeforall.org/storymap and share your COVID-19 housing story with us. While COVID-19 is stopping us from mobilizing 1000s of people in the streets, it’s not stopping our fight for housing justice. By sharing our stories, we are raising our collective voices to demand that Governor Cuomo listen to renters. We’re putting a human face on the crisis and reminding each other that even while we are socially distancing, we are not alone! 

How do I go on a rent strike? On Wednesday, April 1, Housing Justice for All and the Right to Counsel NYC Coalition will release a toolkit on best practices for organizing your building during COVID-19.