EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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Emergency Rental Assistance Program available JUNE 1, 2021!

Once the application process opens, it is critical that you get your applications in as soon as possible. Manufactured home residents are available in the first round of payments. Residents can apply themselves or the landlord may apply on the resident's behalf. We are providing the link to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance as this is the agency tasked with distributing rent relief. Also, please find attached, the landlords checklist and the tenant checklist that will help you prepare to make application.

Main OTDA Rental Assistance web page:
https://otda.ny.gov/programs/Emergency-Rental-Assistance/

When applying, landlords and property owners will need to provide:

  • Completed W-9 tax form.
  • Executed lease with tenant applicant, or if there is no written lease, a cancelled check, evidence of funds transfer or other documentation of the last full monthly rent payment.
  • Documentation of rent due from tenant (e.g. ledger, etc.) or attestation on application.
  • Banking information to receive direct deposit payment.

The property owner or an authorized property management company will be required to sign the application form and associated certifications agreeing that the information provided, including the amount of rental arrears owed, is accurate and does not duplicate a payment received from another program.

The property owner or authorized property management company must also agree to the following terms as a condition of accepting rental arrears payments:

  • The ERAP payment satisfies the tenant’s full rental obligations for the time period covered by the payment.
  • Waive any late fees due on any rental arrears covered by the ERAP payment.
  • Not increase the monthly rental amount above the monthly amount due at the time of application for ERAP assistance for months for which rental assistance is received and for one year from receipt of the ERAP payment.
  • Not evict the household on behalf of whom the ERAP payment is made for reason of expired lease or holdover tenancy for one year from the receipt of the ERAP payment. An exception to this requirement shall be made if the dwelling unit contains four or fewer units and the property owner or owner’s immediate family members intend to immediately occupy the unit for use as a primary residence.

Benefits

 - Up to 12 months of rental arrears payments for rents accrued on or after March 13, 2020.

 - Up to 3 months of additional rental assistance if the household is expected to spend 30 percent or more of their gross monthly income to pay for rent.

 - Up to 12 months of electric or gas utility arrears payments for arrears that have accrued on or after March 13, 2020.

Payments will be made directly to the landlord/property owner and utility company on behalf of the tenant. Tenant applicants will be notified of the amounts paid on their behalf. If a landlord is difficult to locate or does not otherwise provide information needed to complete the application, funds will be held for up to 180 days to allow sufficient time to locate the landlord and collect required information as well as to provide tenant protections and maximize landlord participation.

Please be aware seven communities that received funding for emergency rental assistance directly from the federal government opted to administer their own programs. Residents of City of Rochester and Monroe County, the City of Yonkers, Onondaga County and the towns of Hempstead, Islip and Oyster Bay must apply with their local programs for emergency rental assistance and are ineligible for assistance from the state-administered Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Landlord Checklist can be found here.
Tenants Checklist can be found here.

MONRE COUNTY ASSISTANCE INFORMATION can be found here.

Helpful info received from Greenberg Traurig:

As the NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program prepares to begin accepting applications on June 1, 2021.  Thank you for the role you will play in this important effort.  The support you will provide to members of your community will go a long way toward improving the economic stability of many families, and the economic recovery of your county.

In preparation for next week’s opening day, I wanted to remind you of a number of important resources available to you on the OTDA website, as well as provide you with links to informational videos to help you become familiar with the ERAP system that will be used for application submission, as well as the role your organization will play.

If you have not already done so, I suggest visiting the OTDA website to view a range of resources directed to providers.  Our Information for Providers Page includes:

  • A link to the Webinar Presentation that was held on May 13th and 14th
  • An ERAP Overview Flyer
  • OTDA’s ERAP Outreach Flyer
  • A Customizable ERAP Outreach Flyer that you can use to include your agency contact information
  • Social Media Graphis for your use in promoting the program

We have also developed various training related resources for your staff to become familiar with their role, and the functioning of the application.  We encourage you to share the links below with all staff that will be working on the program.

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The Role of CBOs and Local Districts in ERAP

Navigating the ERAP Homepage

Using the Tenant Application and Uploading Documents

Understanding the Landlord Portal

 

Following your review of the materials, we ask that you submit any questions using the following form:

NYS ERAP Application Portal Questions

Please note that individual responses will not be provided.  The questions submitted through this form will be used to develop frequently asked questions, and inform updates to the OTDA ERAP website.