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Rent relief assistance program applications now open

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(WBNG) - New Yorkers who have fallen behind on paying their rent can now apply for the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

It's something tenants and landlords have been eagerly waiting for due to hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The applications go through The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Renters will receive up to 12 months of back rent and utility payments, as well as three months of rent payments for the future.

The money will go directly to the landlord or property owner.

Landlords can also submit their own applications.

Here are the some of the qualifications to apply:

  • Proof your income was impacted by COVID-19.
  • Notices that you have not paid your landlord as well as notice of late payment for utility bills.
  • You must earn less than 80% of the area's median income. That's $57,850 for a family of four in Broome Co.
  • You are at risk of housing instability
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