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Is your landlord saying you owe rent?  Have you received papers from Housing Court?

These kind of cases are called "non-payment" cases. This webpage has resources to help you TAKE ACTION and tell the Court your side of the story!

TIP! If you're not sure what type of housing case you have, click on the Live Help button below to chat with someone. It's free!

Court Forms

Click on the links below to access our free and easy to use" do it yourself" program.  This program will help guide you step by step and prepare the following Court forms for your non-payment case:   

 Non-Payment Answer
Vacate a Default Judgment
 Restore Case to Calendar

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Popular Resources

► Step By Step Interactive Timeline
12 Things You Should Know About Housing Court
► Your Day in Housing Court
Settlement and Stipulation Checklists 
► New York City Tenant's Q & A Guide
► New York City Housing Court website
► Glossary of Key Legal Terms

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question you don't see here?  Click on the LiveHelp button above to speak to a live operator for free! You can also explore our Find Help section.


  1. Can I Get Help Paying Overdue Rent?
  2. My landlord is trying to evict me but I never received any court papers! What do I do?
  3. I just received court papers about unpaid rent - how do I respond?
  4. I missed my court date! Now what? 
  5. What should I expect at Housing Court?
  6. I'm nervous about my first time at Housing Court! Is there a video I can watch that will show me what will happen?

Quick Guide 

First Steps

Your Day in Housing Court

Settling the Case

Tenant Rights

First Steps

A non-payment case is where a landlord or owner takes a tenant to Housing Court for not paying rent.  Landlords are supposed to take certain steps before starting a non-payment case, such as providing a "Rent Demand". If your landlord is asking for unpaid rent and you are unsure whether s/he has started a case against you, visit:

Rent Demand Basics 

It is important to understand the steps of a non-payment case.  Explore our interactive timeline to identify where you are on the timeline, learn what's ahead and answers to frequently asked questions:

Step by Step Interactive Timeline  


Your Day in Court

Don't go to Housing Court unprepared! Click on the links below to know what to expect at Housing Court, and our top tips to help you prepare.  

► Your Day in Housing Court 
Tenant Document Checklist
► 12 Things You Should Know About Housing Court
► Top Ten Mistakes Tenants Make in Housing Court

Settling Your Case

Settling or resolving your case can be one of the most important steps of your housing case.  Before signing any agreement with the landlord, read it carefully and make sure you understand.  You have the right to ask a court lawyer or the judge to explain it to you.  The resources here will help you prepare for the settlement process and understand your rights.  

Settlement and Stipulation Checklist 
Information Sheet on Stipulations 
A Tenant's Guide to Negotiating with Your Landlord  

Tenant Rights

Depending on your type of housing and your particular circumstances you may have a number of different rights as a tenant in NYC. The resources below provide an overview of common issues.

► ABC's of Housing
► Housing Discrimination
► Tenant Harassment

Find Help

You don't have to deal with a housing court problem on your own.  Finding free and confidential legal help can be as easy as a click or phone call away. 

Search for free legal help in your area - just enter your zipcode and select your housing issue.

► Hotlines - learn which confidential hotlines are available to help you with your housing issue.

► Help Available at Housing Court - who can help answer your questions in Housing Court?


Non-payment proceedings and holdover proceedings in housing court can lead to eviction.  if you have received a notice of eviction - you must TAKE ACTION.  The resources below may help you, but don't forget that help is just a click or phone call away.   

► Know Your Rights - Before and After Eviction
► Eviction Notice From A Marshal
► Illegal Evictions / Illegal Lockouts

Help With Rent

There may be options to help you if you can't pay overdue rent, and especially if you are facing eviction.  Click on the links below to learn more.  

 One Shot Deals
► Family Eviction Prevention Subsidy
 If You Just Can't Afford the Rent 
 How Can People with Disabilities Stop Rent Increases?
 How Can Seniors Stop Rent Increases?

More NYC Housing Resources

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