Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Eviction Moratorium

Governor Cuomo signed an extension of the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act prohibiting evictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic until August 31, 2021.

Tenants who have experienced financial hardship or for whom moving from their home would pose a hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, including those who were facing an eviction proceeding or who received a judgment or warrant of eviction, may not be evicted through August 31, 2021 by providing a completed Hardship Declaration to their landlord.

You can download a Hardship Declaration in English or in Spanish.

Although these protections may prevent a landlord from evicting a tenant, a landlord can still file a proceeding against a tenant in Housing Court and a court can still allow the landlord to take other legal action to collect unpaid rent from the tenant.

You cannot be evicted for nonpayment or any other reason unless the court has issued a Warrant of Eviction. Only a Marshal or Sheriff can carry out a warrant and remove tenants from their home. Landlords cannot lock out tenants.

Pre-COVID Eviction Cases

If you received an eviction notice before March 16, 2020, your landlord must file a motion and get permission from the housing court to evict you. 

If you are facing an eviction case that was filed on or before March 16, 2020, the case may proceed only if the Housing Court holds a status or settlement conference with the parties.

Nonpayment Eviction Cases

Tenants who have not yet answered a nonpayment petition filed against them must file an answer with the court. Failure to answer an eviction petition could lead to a default judgment against a tenant, which can lead to eviction. A tenant who receives a petition for a Housing Court eviction case does not need to go to the courthouse to respond in person. 

If you are in an immediate housing crisis or need eviction prevention services, please visit the Eviction Prevention and HomeBase page.

Get Help

If you have questions about the eviction moratorium, the COVID financial hardship law, or other legal issues, you can contact the City’s Tenant Helpline. The Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT) can help you with questions about your tenancy and connect you with free legal assistance through the Human Resources Administration’s Office of Civil Justice.

You can receive free legal services under the City’s Right-to-Counsel law if you:

  • Are facing eviction in Housing Court or a NYCHA administrative proceeding, or 
  • Received an eviction petition, a warrant of eviction, or other Housing Court papers, or
  • Received a notice that your eviction case is scheduled for a conference

The Right to Counsel program, also known as Universal Access to Counsel, is now available citywide.

To learn more, go to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Tenants page.

Office of Civil Justice (OCJ)

The City's Office of Civil Justice (OCJ), a unit of the Human Resources Administration (HRA), provides a range of free legal services to New Yorkers in need. If you are facing eviction, if you need help with an immigration matter, if you are a worker facing wage theft or other workplace violations, or if you are facing other legal challenges, you may have access to free legal assistance through OCJ.

OCJ legal services are free and you do not have to be an existing HRA client to apply.

Legal services are available regardless of immigration status.

If you are facing eviction in Housing Court or a NYCHA administrative proceeding, you may be eligible for free legal services under the City's Right-to-Counsel law. The Right to Counsel program, also known as Universal Access to Counsel, is now available citywide. To find out if you are eligible for this program, contact the City's Tenant Helpline. For more information, go to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Tenants page.

Online

Learn more about OCJ and free legal services.

Email

civiljustice@hra.nyc.gov

New York City Bar Association

You can get legal assistance and lawyer referrals. Cases handled include:

  • Accidents and medical malpractice
  • Criminal defense
  • Employment discrimination and wage disputes
  • Immigration
  • Marriage and family-related cases
  • Property, landlord, and tenant disputes
  • Wills, trusts, estates, and insurance issues
  • Workers compensation and work-related injuries

Online

Get free legal advice from LawHelp.

Request a lawyer from the New York City Bar.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York City Bar Association
  • Division: Lawyer Referral Service
  • Phone Number: (212) 626-7373
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Assistance is also available in Spanish.

To learn about other kinds of help for immigrants, visit the Immigration and Citizenship page.

Community-based organizations provide seniors age 60 and older with legal assistance.

Use Site Finder to search for a Legal Service Provider.

If you are a tenant, the Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT) can help you with questions about your tenancy and connect you with free legal assistance through the Human Resources Administration’s Office of Civil Justice. To learn more, go to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Tenants page.

You may also want to get help for specific situations. Visit the Eviction Prevention and HomeBase or Tenant Harassment page if needed.

Veterans can get free legal assistance and referrals by phone.

Veterans can also get help with discharge upgrades, disability claims, and benefits.

Call 311 for assistance.

A living will is a legal document created by an attorney that specifies your health care instructions. This document may also appoint a health care representative to make health care decisions on your behalf.

A health care proxy is a trusted person you select to make health care decisions for you. To learn more, visit the Health Care Proxy page.