On December 28, 2020, the NY state legislature paused all eviction cases for 60 days. If you had a hearing scheduled, you should get a postcard with a new court date. There is an exception for “nuisance” cases which can move forward.
Tenants can file a declaration which will postpone the eviction until after May 1. The declaration is available on the court’s website here: http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/SSI/images/corona/HardshipDeclaration.pdf
Tenants who receive court papers for new nonpayment case do need to answer. Answers can be filed by calling the housing court in your borough (the number is on the papers). Answers can be also filed through the court’s e-filing system called NYSCEF. Tenants can also go in person to the borough housing court. Before going in person, be aware that the lines to get in are long and you will not be allowed in if you have traveled recently or have COVID symptoms (fever, cough, etc.). Also, be aware if you are calling that it might take several calls to get through. Keep trying but don’t worry if you cannot get through right away. If you are filing your answer, there are new COVID-related defenses.
Landlords can file new eviction cases but they must use e-filing. Landlords have to serve tenants with copies of the court papers in person.
If you need repairs, you can file a case. All housing court cases are moving very slowly. Tenants with emergency housing conditions can use JustFix.NYC to file a case. Tenants who have been illegally locked out can also file a case in court. Call our hotline if you need assistance.
Landlords must file a motion in court for permission to evict a tenant on a case that was filed before the pandemic. Tenants will receive a notice of motion and there will be a hearing for the judge to decide if the eviction will go forward. Call our hotline right away if you get papers saying that your case is going to be heard in court.
If you need repairs, you can to file a case. All housing court cases are moving very slowly. Tenants with emergency housing conditions can use JustFix.NYC to file a case. Call our hotline if you need assistance.
Call us at 212-962-4795: we can answer questions about evictions and connect you with a lawyer.