Landlords Can Still Petition for Evictions Despite Moratorium 

Only a judge can order evictions, which are banned until Dec. 31 through a federal order approved earlier this month. But the ban doesn’t prevent a landlord from filing eviction lawsuits, which gets their cases on the record. Still, landlords will be in for a long wait. The New York City housing court has 14,000 backlogged cases filed before the COVID-19 lockdowns began in mid-March.