New York State OTDA Emergency Rental Assistance Program Basics

The Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is managing New York's Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

Harriet's ERAP videos on YouTube

As of 6/1/2021 ERAP applications are open - there are a lot of steps, check out our new "Lease Sense with Harriet" YouTube channel for lots of how-to detail. *Note* as of 6/5 the system is a bit overwhelmed and may give random errors when you are trying to save things. Registering will help you not lose the info you've already entered!

Both Tenants and Landlords have to submit information for an application to be complete.  Tenants have to complete the application information before Landlords can finish their part. Tenants don't have to upload all required documents before Landlords can finish their part. Clear as mud, right? Tenants have to enter an email for their Landlord as part of the application. If you don't know it, you can enter your own. Either way, share two things - 1) your application ID and 2) the birth date you submitted to ERAP - with your Landlord and they can complete their part and get your back rent (and even some forward rent) covered.

The official New York State site with renter requirements includes 3 major requirements to be eligible:

-Household income of 80% or less than the Area Median Income

-Income or expenses have been hurt by COVID directly or indirectly

-Owe some rent for your primary residence due on or after March 13, 2020 and not yet paid

Do I Fit the Income Limits?

More program info here

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