NYC Housing Court
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:
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Can I Get Help Paying Overdue Rent?
- My landlord is trying to evict me but I never received any court papers! What do I do?
- I just received court papers about unpaid rent - how do I respond?
- I missed my court date! Now what?
- What should I expect at Housing Court?
- I'm nervous about my first time at Housing Court! Is there a video I can watch that will show me what will happen?
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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► 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.
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.
More NYC Housing Resources
- Security Deposits FAQs
- Do I need a Guardian Ad Litem?
- Holdover Proceedings and Private Dwellings
- How Do I Get Repairs from My Landlord?
- Tenant Screening Reports
View More Housing Resources
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