Shawna Eccles, a young owner of a house she bought in Brooklyn (NYC) with her savings, says that she is now living on the street because her tenant has not paid her rent, covered by the anti-eviction moratorium in force due to the pandemic.
Eccles, 30, detailed in court documents that he sleeps on the couches of friends and relatives and also in his car, after fighting for months to evict Sharita Patterson (33) from her home in Carnarsie.
“There is no one I can stay with until I can evict her, and all my money covers the mortgage, the water bill and the taxes property, “Eccles denounced the New York Post. “I have no additional funds to rent an apartment.”
Thanks to the state’s moratorium on evictions inspired by the pandemic and recently enacted housing regulations, Patterson has until at least May 1 before any New York housing court will even consider a case against him.
That’s because she checked a box on a “hardship statement” form, claiming that COVID-19 has affected her financially and that she cannot move. Under the new rules, New Yorkers had until February 26 to complete the form, automatically stopping their evictions.
But Patterson, who supposedly has to $ 20,000 in back rent plus interest in the house with two rooms, bought a new car during the pandemic, according to court documents.
And the Department of Social Services (DSS) The city council said recently that Patterson, a single mother of 3, had turned down their offers of assistance in order to find a new apartment. The “hardship statement” appears to be a free pass, “You don’t have to prove it and you don’t let us challenge it,” complained Eccles, who has been trying to evict Patterson since. August.
Eccles purchased the two-story home on East 91st Street for approximately $ 477,000 in February 2019, and spent his savings to renovate it, converting the slightly dilapidated 1,500-square-foot structure into an updated, modern home. Patterson, who was supposed to pay $ 2,100 a month, was his first tenant.
With no rental income for months, Eccles thought he was close to a legal settlement with Patterson in December. Believing he was about to leave, he rented the first floor of the house to an elderly woman and moved to live temporarily with friends.
When Patterson recanted at the last minute and signed the hardship statement, Eccles was essentially left homeless.
The case “highlights a terrible lack of balance between the rights of landlords and tenants in New York City, and it’s a prime example of the state government’s failure to adequately address the housing situation, ”said Eccles attorney David Gerard. Added that smallholders find themselves in “truly unfair and unsustainable situations.”
In statements to the press, Patterson claimed that she is not a raider. “I know I owe you something. I am willing to pay you ”. However, she added that any money problem between her is only a big misunderstanding. “She is not communicating with me,” he said of landlady Eccles.
After a year of arrears, NYC has accumulated more than $ 1 billion in residential rent payable since the pandemic began. The owners cannot evict tenants in New York right now due to a moratorium. But many of them have been submitting the documentation to do so as soon as they can legally, he noted. ABC News.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 18, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.