Dec. 29 (UPI) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into legislation laws that locations a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures proceedings all through the state in an effort to cease hundreds of residents from dropping their properties because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cuomo signed the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosures Prevention Act of 2020 on Monday quickly after it handed the New York Senate 40 to 21 and the New York Meeting 99 to 47.

“As we combat our approach by way of the marathon this pandemic has turn out to be, we’d like to verify New Yorkers nonetheless have properties to offer that safety,” Cuomo mentioned in an announcement. “This legislation provides to earlier govt orders by defending the needy and susceptible to who, by way of no fault of their very own, face eviction throughout an extremely troublesome interval for New York.”

The legislation locations a moratorium on residential evictions for tenants who’ve “endured COVID-related hardship” till Might 1, 2021. The Tenants should submit a declaration or doc that states the hardship they’ve skilled to forestall eviction.

It additionally prohibits forecloses till Might 1, 2021, on householders and small landlords who personal 10 or fewer residential dwellings. They’re additionally required to file a hardship declaration with their mortgage lender or different foreclosing social gathering or courtroom.

It additionally prohibits damaging credit score reporting and discrimination in extending credit score for many who have fallen behind on mortgage funds for properties the place they reside.

The legislation, nonetheless, doesn’t absolve the monetary obligations of renters or householders however offers a four-month pause, state Sen. Pete Harckham mentioned in an announcement.

“Making certain that our pals and neighbors can stay of their properties throughout this intensive and unexpected financial downturn was a obligatory motion,” he mentioned. “Permitting individuals to be put out into the streets throughout a pandemic is inhumane and can exacerbate the general public well being disaster.”

The laws was signed a day after President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion coronavirus aid invoice, which included $1.three billion in hire and eviction aid for the state that Sen. Chuck Schumer described as “historic and unprecedented.”

New York has been one of many hardest-hit states to the pandemic, struggling greater than 932,000 infections, together with practically 30,000 deaths.

Cuomo on Monday introduced the state had obtained an 259,000 extra vaccine doses, 139,400 from Pfizer and 119,600 from Moderna.