The pandemic has caused significant financial hardship for many households, and many are struggling to pay their rent, with some falling months behind on payment. That means you as a local landlord may also be losing income.
Emergency Rent Relief for tenants who have been impacted by COVID-19 is available to help offset these financial challenges.
In addition to alleviating the cost of rent for tenants, these funding opportunities help landlords by ensuring that you continue to receive rental income.
Payments for tenants that are approved for Rent Relief go directly to you as the landlord.
Applications received by May 17, 2021 will be included in the initial funding lottery, which will determine the order in which applicants will be screened for eligibility. Funding awards are not being made on a first come, first served basis.
Encourage your tenants to apply for support. Any Dutchess County resident in need of housing assistance should apply. Staff working with these programs will review each application for eligibility for any available funding and make awards accordingly.
Hudson River Housing is available to assist tenants through the application process. Please refer your tenants to Hudson River Housing’s Housing Resource Center, available by emailing email@example.com or calling (845) 337-4407.
Help Your Tenants Help You
If your tenant is awarded funding, you will be contacted directly by the funder, such as a local non-profit, to coordinate dispersing the rental payment. Your quick cooperation will ensure you receive your rental payment as soon as possible.
Failure to comply with accepting payment violates the New York State Source of Income Discrimination law, which prohibits landlords from declining payments on behalf of tenants based on where that payment is coming from.
You will be requested to complete a W-9 form to provide basic information that is only used to allow a payment to be made to you. An ITIN can be used if a Social Security Number is not available. Payment will be dispersed as a check and you will be asked to verify that you are applying the payment to the tenant’s rent balance and halting any eviction proceedings.
Your personal information is not used for any purpose other than making payments through Emergency Rent Relief programs.
If you have questions about the process, you can contact Hudson River Housing for more information at (845) 337-4407.