Under state law, most evictions for nonpayment of rent cannot take place until January 1, 2021. Tenants may have protections under either or both New York State Law and an order from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT) Tenant Help Line is available to answer questions about your tenancy and whether the orders or law may apply to you, and to connect you with free legal assistance through the Human Resources Administration’s Office of Civil Justice.
In addition, under a new State law, if you have experienced a financial hardship any time between March 7, 2020 and the date that all COVID-related safety restrictions are lifted in the region, you may not be evicted for failing to pay rent first owed during that period.
New York City Housing Court is currently open for emergency cases permitted by the court, including if you are locked out of your home without a court order, if you need emergency repairs, or if you need critical services like heat or hot water. Emergency cases can be started electronically or over the phone and you can appear without coming to a court building.
NYC Housing Court is accepting new eviction filings effective June 20, 2020, for issues other than non-payments. Landlords will only be permitted to file new eviction cases by mailing in to the housing court. Tenants who are served with papers for an eviction case do not need to visit the courthouse to respond. Nevertheless, unrepresented landlords or tenants who come to the courthouse to file a case or answer will be assisted.
Your landlord can still collect rent as scheduled; there is no rent suspension at this time.
You can get information about Housing Court operations during the outbreak, including:
- Emergency or essential Court proceedings (landlord lockout, serious housing code violation, request for emergency repairs orders)
- Remote appearances
- Virtual assistance
If you have been served with papers in an eviction proceeding during the coronavirus emergency, you might be entitled by law to take additional days or weeks before filing an answer. For help answering your case, you can call Housing Court Answers at (212) 962-4795.
You can also call Housing Court's emergency phone numbers daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. Leave a message with your phone number and a court attorney will return your call.
| Court|| Phone Number|
| Bronx County|| (718) 466-3022|
| Harlem Community Justice Center || (646) 386-5409|
| Kings County (Brooklyn)|| (347) 404-9043 or 9044 |
| New York County (Manhattan)|| (646) 386-5554 or 5555|
| Queens County|| (718) 262-7185 or 7186 |
| Richmond County (Staten Island)|| (718) 675-8441|
Learn more about Housing Court operations during the outbreak.
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. For more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Tenants page.