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Brooklyn offices of landlord attorneys stormed over evictions

Protesters have stormed the Brooklyn offices of landlord attorneys to protest evictions as the New York moratorium is set to end tonight and up to 14,000 households are at risk of becoming homeless.

Dozens of New Yorkers marched through the streets of Brooklyn Wednesday morning before entering two landlord attorney firms buildings and Brooklyn Borough Hall calling for a ban on evictions and cancellation of rent in the Big Apple.  

The demonstration comes just hours before New York’s residential eviction moratorium expires, leaving thousands of tenants vulnerable to homelessness. 

Fears are mounting over how many residents will manage to keep a roof over their heads as dismal research released at the end of July revealed almost half of New York renters were unable to pay rent. 

Concerns have been exacerbated further by the reality that jobless Americans will now lose out on the $600-per-week enhanced unemployment benefits from the federal government if a new coronavirus stimulus bill is not urgently reached on Capitol Hill. 

A separate protest was held in Manhattan Wednesday calling for an extension to the enhanced benefits that many desperate residents need.  

New Yorkers were especially hard hit by the pandemic as the state – once the virus epicenter – endured a longer and stricter lockdown than others and thousands lost their jobs overnight when businesses shuttered back in March. 

Protesters storm inside Stern & Stern landlord attorneys building as they call for a ban on evictions and cancellation of rent in the Big Apple

Protesters storm inside Stern & Stern landlord attorneys building as they call for a ban on evictions and cancellation of rent in the Big Apple

Demonstrators inside Brooklyn Borough Hall as they take part in a 'Shut down evictions and cancel rent' protest Wednesday

Demonstrators inside Brooklyn Borough Hall as they take part in a ‘Shut down evictions and cancel rent’ protest Wednesday

Crowds march up the stairs of Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday where New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh is based

Crowds march up the stairs of Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday where New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh is based

New Yorkers carry a huge 'Cancel rent' banner as they march through the streets of New York Wednesday

New Yorkers carry a huge ‘Cancel rent’ banner as they march through the streets of New York Wednesday

The crowds stormed the Brooklyn offices of landlord attorneys including Slochowsky & Slochowsky (above)

The crowds stormed the Brooklyn offices of landlord attorneys including Slochowsky & Slochowsky (above)








Swathes of masked protesters gathered with placards reading ‘shut down evictions’ and ‘cancel rent’ in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday.

Several signs called out New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo urging them to extend protections to tenants in the city. 

The demonstration started outside Brooklyn Eviction Court before marching through the streets and storming past security and police to enter two landlord attorney firms buildings as well as Brooklyn Borough Hall, where New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh is based.

People chanted ‘no landlords, no cops, all evictions gotta stop’ as they gathered in the city. 

Inside the Stern & Stern and Slochowsky & Slochowsky real estate law firm offices, dozens of protesters were seen holding banners aloft, before they moved onto Brooklyn Borough Hall where they marched up the stairs.    

The group is protesting evictions and calling for rent to be canceled as the New York eviction moratorium is set to end tonight

The group is protesting evictions and calling for rent to be canceled as the New York eviction moratorium is set to end tonight

Several signs called out New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo urging them to extend protections to tenants in the city

Several signs called out New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo urging them to extend protections to tenants in the city

Protesters inside Slochowsky & Slochowsky real estate law firm offices. Up to 14,000 households are at risk of becoming homeless after the moratorium ends tonight

Protesters inside Slochowsky & Slochowsky real estate law firm offices. Up to 14,000 households are at risk of becoming homeless after the moratorium ends tonight

Dozens of New Yorkers marched through the streets of Brooklyn Wednesday morning before entering two landlord attorney firms buildings (including Slochowsky & Slochowsky above) and Brooklyn Borough Hall

Dozens of New Yorkers marched through the streets of Brooklyn Wednesday morning before entering two landlord attorney firms buildings (including Slochowsky & Slochowsky above) and Brooklyn Borough Hall

One protester wears a coronavirus face mask reading 'Cancel rent' amid calls for a ban on evictions and cancellation of rent in the Big Apple

One protester wears a coronavirus face mask reading ‘Cancel rent’ amid calls for a ban on evictions and cancellation of rent in the Big Apple

The demonstration comes just hours before New York's residential eviction moratorium expires, leaving thousands of tenants vulnerable to homelessness

The demonstration comes just hours before New York’s residential eviction moratorium expires, leaving thousands of tenants vulnerable to homelessness

Thousands of tenants across the Big Apple risk being turfed out into the streets as the residential eviction moratorium expires Wednesday night.  

Cuomo first issued a statewide executive order banning landlords from evicting tenants amid the coronavirus pandemic from March through to June.

On June 30, Cuomo then extended the moratorium until August. 

He also introduced the Tenant Safe Harbor Act providing protection for renters who have suffered financial hardship due to the pandemic.

But the residential eviction moratorium will expire Wednesday night and there has been no sign of another extension. 

Fears are mounting over how many residents will manage to keep a roof over their heads as dismal research released at the end of July revealed that almost half of New York renters were unable to pay rent

Fears are mounting over how many residents will manage to keep a roof over their heads as dismal research released at the end of July revealed that almost half of New York renters were unable to pay rent

Demonstrators hold up a Crown Heights Tenants Union banner inside the offices of Slochowsky & Slochowsky

Demonstrators hold up a Crown Heights Tenants Union banner inside the offices of Slochowsky & Slochowsky

Concerns for tenants have been exacerbated further by the reality that jobless Americans will also lose out on the $600-per-week enhanced unemployment benefits from the federal government if a new coronavirus stimulus bill is not agreed on in Capitol Hill

Concerns for tenants have been exacerbated further by the reality that jobless Americans will also lose out on the $600-per-week enhanced unemployment benefits from the federal government if a new coronavirus stimulus bill is not agreed on in Capitol Hill

New Yorkers were especially hard hit by the pandemic as the state - once the virus epicenter - endured a longer and stricter lockdown than most others and thousands lost their jobs overnight when businesses shuttered back in March

New Yorkers were especially hard hit by the pandemic as the state – once the virus epicenter – endured a longer and stricter lockdown than most others and thousands lost their jobs overnight when businesses shuttered back in March

Masked protesters gathered with placards reading 'shut down evictions' and 'cancel rent' in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday

Masked protesters gathered with placards reading ‘shut down evictions’ and ‘cancel rent’ in downtown Brooklyn Wednesday

One woman holds up a sign reading 'People over poverty' as calls mount for rent to be canceled in New York

One woman holds up a sign reading ‘People over poverty’ as calls mount for rent to be canceled in New York 

The demonstration started outside Brooklyn Eviction Court before marching through the streets and storming past security and police to enter two landlord attorney firms buildings as well as Brooklyn Borough Hall

The demonstration started outside Brooklyn Eviction Court before marching through the streets and storming past security and police to enter two landlord attorney firms buildings as well as Brooklyn Borough Hall

One protester holds aloft a sign with two eyes and the names of De Blasio and Cuomo along them, reading 'We see you doing nothing'

One protester holds aloft a sign with two eyes and the names of De Blasio and Cuomo along them, reading ‘We see you doing nothing’

This means that eviction orders brought against tenants before the pandemic, which were then put on hold due to the moratorium, can now be carried out. 

More than 14,000 households are currently facing cases like this and are at risk of homelessness, according to Legal Aid Society.

The dire picture could be far worse, the legal services provider has warned, with another 200,000 New York City rentals also no longer protected by the order. 

This includes tenants who face eviction for non-payment related reasons and who had eviction cases brought against them before March.

Protesters enter Brooklyn Borough Hall, where New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh is based during Wednesday's protest

Protesters enter Brooklyn Borough Hall, where New York State Senator Brian Kavanagh is based during Wednesday’s protest

One protester leaves a note reading 'We'll be back' in the offices of real estate law firm Stern & Stern

One protester leaves a note reading ‘We’ll be back’ in the offices of real estate law firm Stern & Stern 

Thousands of tenants across the Big Apple risk being turfed out into the streets as the residential eviction moratorium expires Wednesday night

Thousands of tenants across the Big Apple risk being turfed out into the streets as the residential eviction moratorium expires Wednesday night

Cuomo first issued a statewide executive order banning landlords from evicting tenants amid the coronavirus pandemic from March through to June

Cuomo first issued a statewide executive order banning landlords from evicting tenants amid the coronavirus pandemic from March through to June

On June 30, Cuomo extended the moratorium until August and also introduced the Tenant Safe Harbor Act providing protection for renters who have suffered financial hardship due to the pandemic

On June 30, Cuomo extended the moratorium until August and also introduced the Tenant Safe Harbor Act providing protection for renters who have suffered financial hardship due to the pandemic

But the residential eviction moratorium will expire Wednesday night and there has been no sign of another extension - meaning eviction orders brought against tenants before the pandemic, which were then put on hold due to the moratorium, can be carried out

But the residential eviction moratorium will expire Wednesday night and there has been no sign of another extension – meaning eviction orders brought against tenants before the pandemic, which were then put on hold due to the moratorium, can be carried out

Protesters make their way past security guards in the landlord attorneys firms buildings in downtown Brooklyn

Protesters make their way past security guards in the landlord attorneys firms buildings in downtown Brooklyn 

More than 14,000 households are facing eviction cases from before the pandemic and are at risk of homelessness, according to the Legal Aid Society

More than 14,000 households are facing eviction cases from before the pandemic and are at risk of homelessness, according to the Legal Aid Society

Renters unable to pay rent due to financial hardships sparked by the pandemic and who have missed payments between March 7 and the full reopening of their county are still protected from eviction under the Tenant Safe Harbor Act.

However landlords can take these tenants to court to recover missed rent payments during that period.

New Yorkers continue to be devastated economically by the toll of the pandemic, as several businesses shuttered for good and thousands lost their livelihoods.  

The dire picture could be far worse, the legal services provider has warned, with another 200,000 New York City rentals also no longer protected by the order

The dire picture could be far worse, the legal services provider has warned, with another 200,000 New York City rentals also no longer protected by the order

People leave Brooklyn Borough Hall after storming inside to demand extra protections for tenants

People leave Brooklyn Borough Hall after storming inside to demand extra protections for tenants

Tenants who face eviction for non-payment related reasons and who had eviction cases brought against them before March are now at risk of being made homeless

Tenants who face eviction for non-payment related reasons and who had eviction cases brought against them before March are now at risk of being made homeless

Security guards grapple to stop the crowds swarming the building of Stern & Stern

Security guards grapple to stop the crowds swarming the building of Stern & Stern 

The figure rose even higher in the Big Apple, where 46 percent could not afford to pay rent

The figure rose even higher in the Big Apple, where 46 percent could not afford to pay rent

People wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus shout through loudspeakers and hold banners aloft

People wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus shout through loudspeakers and hold banners aloft

Protesters make their way through Brooklyn Borough Hall where a security guard tries to keep them at bay

Protesters make their way through Brooklyn Borough Hall where a security guard tries to keep them at bay 

Demonstrators link arms during the rally in New York during the day on Wednesday

Demonstrators link arms during the rally in New York during the day on Wednesday 

New Yorkers are demanding protection for tenants after the city - once the virus epicenter - was ravaged by the pandemic and thousands lost jobs

New Yorkers are demanding protection for tenants after the city – once the virus epicenter – was ravaged by the pandemic and thousands lost jobs 

Stark research global advisory firm Stout Risius Ross last month found that 40 percent of American renters were unable to pay their rent.

This figure rose even higher in the Big Apple, where 46 percent could not afford to pay rent. 

A separate demonstration also took place Wednesday calling for an extension to the $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefit.

The uplift to state benefits was put in place to help people thrown out of work amid the outbreak. It ended on July 31. 

Protesters gathered for a ‘NYC Rally for Relief: Extend and Expand PUA’ in Manhattan where they marched from Times Square to the office of Senator Charles E Schumer where they performed a die in.

A separate demonstration also took place Wednesday calling for an extension to the $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefit

A separate demonstration also took place Wednesday calling for an extension to the $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefit

The uplift to state benefits was put in place to help people thrown out of work amid the outbreak. It ended on July 31

The uplift to state benefits was put in place to help people thrown out of work amid the outbreak. It ended on July 31

Protesters gathered for a 'NYC Rally for Relief: Extend and Expand PUA' in Manhattan where they marched from Times Square to the office of Senator Charles E Schumer where they performed a die in

Protesters gathered for a ‘NYC Rally for Relief: Extend and Expand PUA’ in Manhattan where they marched from Times Square to the office of Senator Charles E Schumer where they performed a die in

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