A group of about 100 landlords gathered in front of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office on August 20 to protest the eviction moratorium imposed by the CDC.
“This is a New York landlord group. We are here to protest the eviction moratorium,” Trevor Rampersad told The Epoch Times. “It is permissible [for] Bad actors, such as my tenants, whose income has not changed, who have simply decided not to pay rent. I actually started my expulsion in September 2019 even before COVID-19 came into existence. “
Rampersud does not believe that his tenant does not have the means to pay the rent, and states that the tenant has caused serious damage to his property, which he must pay to settle.
“He is still going to work. On top of that, a big chunk of his income is honestly a legacy. He has a huge legacy,” Ramparsud said.
“He owes $28,000 in rent. Plus the property damage, you’re looking at about $80,000 in total.”
Ramparsud said that he wants the courts to open.
“I don’t think the eviction adjournment is needed. If you apply for rental assistance, your eviction is automatically postponed,” he said of the state’s Emergency Rent Assistance Program.Era)
If you have a pending application in that program, you will not be evicted.”
Ramparsud said he felt there were deeper reasons for the federal government to initiate the moratorium.
“I believe that, not the liberal leftist, but the more socialist left, believes in the ‘cancel the rent movement.’ They believe in free housing. They give landlords an apartment or rental property. Don’t believe in providing.”
Ramparsud told The Epoch Times that he feels there is a similarity to communist revolutions in the past where revolutionary movements targeted landlords.
Also in protest was Ray Huang of the National Property Association, who said that landlords had gathered to make their voices heard.
“The NY state and NYC courts are not only opening cases, but they are delaying them. They don’t know that the landlords are the ones who are really affected the most. We need to be treated fairly,” he said in Chinese. told the Epoch Times.
Most of the protesters were of Chinese ethnicity and small-scale landlords from Brooklyn and Flushing whose tenants are not paying rent or are paying only partially.
“These policies of the government have turned good tenants into bad tenants. They don’t pay the rent even if they have money,” Huang said.
He said that in an extreme case, he had to “beg” a tenant who had not paid rent for a year because he was drowning in costs.
Asked if there is a middle ground to be found, Huang said that, at the very least, the government needs to open courts to settle disputes.
“We are ready to help those who really need help. No problem, they can pay after a while. But now the situation is that they have money but will not pay, and you cannot raise their voice. ‘The law is protecting me,’ they would say. So in effect, small landlords have been pushed beyond the limits of tolerance. “
“I think more than 90 percent are lying. We believe that last year, during May and June, they may not have found work, but now it is August 2021 and basic businesses are running again, “They said.
‘Stop making and pampering lazy people’
The small landowner Xiyugan Zheng, who agreed with Ramparsud in the leftist policies, was blamed for the situation.
“The landlords were protected by the federal government. If these poor policies continue to run where it’s not allowed to evict tenants, it will result in landlords not having interest or willingness to invest, because we can’t get any guarantees,” Zheng said.
He claimed that left-leaning politicians are interested in protecting the tenants, as they are the majority and politicians want to gain votes.
“If we keep going like this, America will foster laziness, want to do no work, and only seek welfare from the government. The great pain we went through to buy a house is no guarantee.”
“The government will get bigger and the benefits of citizens will not be protected,” Zheng said. “It is becoming more leftist here, everything is becoming very communist.
“Again, there is no aspiration to actively work hard and invest. I am also thinking of selling my property and becoming poor,” he lamented.
Guanghong Wu told The Epoch Times that as landlords, they too have been affected by the pandemic, adding that the New York government is being “absolutely unfair” to them.
“Land tax increases every year, so does the water bill, landlords did not steal money to buy property,” he said.
Another landlord, Annie Chen, said, outraged, that New York landlords were being bullied to the point that they didn’t know where to turn.
“My tenant says he has no money for rent, but I see that he has money to ride Uber, buy clothes, buy nice handbags. Every week, she dumps 10 big trash cans and buys good food!”
Chen said she thinks the government should “stop making and pampering lazy people like this.”
Landlord Rosanna More’s case began as a holdover, meaning her tenant was being evicted for something other than non-payment.
“Now, [the tenant] Payment has stopped. But when I originally started, he was being evicted because my sister needed to move in. I have cancer I need my family and my home. I don’t want to rent my property anymore. I should be allowed to evict on that ground alone. This woman had no trouble, no difficulty. She claims hardship, but there’s no change in her income or anything, because she’s on Social Security and wasn’t affected by COVID. “
More’s case of eviction of tenants started in 2020.
“I want to tell the authorities that there is a need for some kind of delineation for cases like mine. Cases that started as holdovers and then became non-payment issues should be allowed to be evicted at this point,” she said.
“So this person is literally living in my house for free while I’m working three jobs with an incurable cancer.”
The Epoch Times has reached out to Cuomo’s office for comment.
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