Before you go to court, get your papers in order.
Gather receipts and put them in order.
Find papers from public assistance, Section 8 or other program that is helping you pay your rent.
Make sure that the program is paying rent and that the payments have been credited.
Prepare documents that prove your defenses.
If you have made complaints about violations in your apartment to HPD, bring your violation report and photos and proof of the violations.
Make copies of your documents so that you can give them to the court if necessary.
If you have to make any payments you can bring them with you either as a money order or bank check to pay on your court date.