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Updated August 2021: Overview of Covid-19 legal impact on commercial landlord-tenant litigation cases in New York City.

Aug 5, 2021

Kiritsis Law -- Contact Phone# 212 922 0005

By: John Kiritsis, Esq., CPA, MBA, MS, JD, LL.M


The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted virtually all facets of life in New York City, including the substantive and procedural type of laws , with regards to commercial eviction cases.


Frequent legal dispute causes.

No set of laws lives in a vacuum. By this, it can mean that to decipher what legal framework to apply on a certain case fact pattern, one may have to look at how said set of laws may interact with other sets of laws which maybe complimentary, contradictory and/or both. One thing to keep in mind, with regards to commercial leases, is that much of the finalized commercial lease agreements end-product document is very often the result of the differences in the bargaining powers among the different contracting parties. As far the preceding assertion goes, it may be safe to deduce any legal landscape changes brought about by Covid 19, may have both caused and be caused by changes, in the ever tense landlord-tenant relationship.


Food for thought.

Out of the myriad of ways, which Covid 19 has caused legal disruptions on commercial landlord-tenant controversies/litigation/disputes, perhaps the more significant one maybe a moratorium on legal commencement actions for NYC commercial housing court eviction case proceedings, that was issued by Governor Cuomo. Initially, such moratorium was set to expire on or about January 31st, 2021. As of the time of this writing, it may appear that this moratorium and/or amendments/extensions to it (if any) are either coming to an end and/or may have already ended in some cases.


Note: Our law firm is closely been monitoring how the just realized CDC type of guidelines-triggering regulations may come into play, as far as, landlord-tenant laws are concerned with regards to commercial tenancies.


List of some useful citations and possible references could include:

– U.S. Constitution

– New York Constitution 

– New York Real Property Law

– New York GOL

– New York Condominium Act

– New York BCL

– New York LLC Law

– New York State Bar Association

– New York City Bar Association

– COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020

– HSTPA of 2019

– Bankruptcy Code

– Internal Revenue Code

– Covid-19 Emergency Protect our Small Businesses Act of 2021

– New York UCC Laws

– New York Lien Law

– New York Landlord-Tenant Law

– New York City Housing Court

– New York Small Claims Court

– New York Supreme Court

– NYS Appellate Court

– NY Appellate Division

– New York Court of Appeals

– U.S. Supreme Court

– New York State Executive Laws Section 296

– NYC Board of Standards and Appeals

– New York Real Estate Finance Bureau

– Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (UULURP)

– New York City Planning Commission

– Department of Buildings

– Department of Finance

– New York City Council

 –New York State Assembly

– Martin Act

– SBRA (Small Businesses Reorganization Corporation Law)

– New York Labor Law Section 2408241 (Scaffolding Law)

– New York Assembly Bill No. A2554

– Federal & New York State Case Law.


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