Landlords have filed relatively few eviction cases on Long Island throughout the pandemic. Roughly 4,900 eviction cases were filed in 2021, compared to 6,500 in 2020 and nearly 14,600 in 2019, according to the state Office of Court Administration.
Property owners are expected to file more cases and move forward with suits that were stalled by tenant protections put in place during the pandemic, housing attorneys said. Housing courts have been operating and seem prepared to handle an “uptick” in cases, according to Bradley Schnur, a Jericho-based attorney who represents landlords and tenants,
“It’s going to be business as usual,” said Schnur, adding the caveat that some matters may still be delayed by ERAP applications. “Unless the money is there, it kind of signals false hope to the parties involved, and it just delays things even more.”
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