The COVID-19 crack ban almost makes Staten Islander homeless


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New York’s pandemic crackdown has nearly made a Staten Islander lose its Sandy-damaged Superstorm home.

Emily Barlow, who struggled to evict an occupied tenant from her one-bedroom bungalow in Midland Beach, received a shocking letter from the state recently, threatening to take the house out in 30 days.

The Barlow house deed, which she bought in 2018, allows the state to repossess the property if it has not been elevated for some time – but the presence of the squatter and the pandemic shutdown have made it impossible for Barlow to do the work before the July deadline, he said.

“It’s horrible. I went through hell, ”he told The Post.

According to court documents, Squatter Saied Darabseh allegedly stopped paying his $ 1,300 rent in November. Barlow took him to the city’s Housing Court, but was unable to sue Dabaseh before Cuomo’s pandemic eviction moratorium, now in effect until Oct. 1, was released. .

“I love it on TV but it hasn’t been so good for the middle class,” Cuomo’s Barlow said. “The problem with their policies is that they were made with oysters, because they had to be made fast, when they needed to be made with scalpels.”

“I just feel like the middle class has completely crumbled into all of this,” he said.

Squatter Saied Darabseh and his wife Stephanie Atalla
Squatter Saied Darabseh and his wife Stephanie AtallaFacebook

In the past, the state has provided extensions to homeowners tasked with raising their homes to a certain deadline, but this year, they didn’t, said real estate attorney Grace Mattei, who works with Barlow.

“They took a hard line. It’s weird,” he said.

“The marshal literally has the eviction order in hand, and he can’t do anything with it, and at the same time the governor is trying to take back the property,” said attorney Philip Mattina, who handled the Court’s case. the Barlow Darabseh Lodge.

Congress Max Rose
Congress Max RoseREUTERS

The 30-day letter from the state came out only after Barlow was unable to arrive, the state says. Barlow says the Governor’s Storm Recovery Office ignored her lawyer’s appointment before the July deadline, and that she never received phone messages.

Barlow eventually won a one-year resumption from the state after Deputy Max Rose intervened, he said. But he fears the eviction ban may be extended again, allowing his tenant to stay until it’s too late – or that a second wave of COVID-19 will bring another stop to New York.

“I just want to know how long these politicians are willing to go,” he said.

The GOSR said it has given extensions to 46 homeowners, including Barlow, and that it has “promised” to reach out to them.


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