Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Under state law, most evictions for nonpayment of rent can​not 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

By Phone

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

Online

Learn more about Housing Court operations during the outbreak.

Additional Assistance

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.

If you are a tenant or landlord and you have an ongoing dispute including eviction, housing court can provide you with information and assistance. Housing Court locations and hours are also available.

The only legal way a landlord or building owner may evict a tenant who refuses to move voluntarily is through an eviction proceeding in Housing Court.

You can get general Housing Court information:

Online

Get Housing Court locations and hours.

Learn more about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities.

Get information and assistance with housing legal issues.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Housing Court
  • Phone Number: (646) 386-5750
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours.

Landlord/Tenant general office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and on Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 7 PM. On Thursdays, access to the Clerk's Office after 6:30 PM is limited to emergency applications.

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Bronx Housing Court
  • Address: 1118 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, 10456
  • Phone Number: (718) 466-3025
  • Business Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM; Thursday: 8:30 AM - 7 PM

Landlord/Tenant general office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and on Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 7 PM. On Thursdays, access to the Clerk's Office after 6:30 PM is limited to emergency applications.

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Brooklyn Housing Court
  • Address: 141 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
  • Phone Number: (347) 404-9201
  • Business Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM; Thursday: 8:30 AM - 7 PM

The Red Hook Community Justice Center provides assistance only to residents of Red Hook.

The building is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The Landlord and Tenant cashier is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM.

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Red Hook Community Justice Center
  • Address: 88 Visitation Place, Brooklyn, NY, 11231
  • Phone Number: (718) 923-8200
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Landlord/Tenant general office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and on Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 7 PM. On Thursdays, access to the Clerk's Office after 6:30 PM is limited to emergency applications.

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Manhattan Housing Court
  • Address: 111 Centre Street, New York, NY, 10013
  • Phone Number: (646) 386-5500
  • Business Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM; Thursday: 8:30 AM - 7 PM

Landlord/Tenant general office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, and on every other Thursday from 9 AM to 7 PM. On Thursdays, access to the Clerk's Office after 6:30 PM is limited to emergency applications.

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Harlem Community Justice Center
  • Address: 170 East 121 Street, New York, NY, 10035
  • Phone Number: (646) 386-5750
  • Business Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM; Thursday: 9 AM - 7 PM

Landlord/Tenant general office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM, and on Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 7 PM. On Thursdays, access to the Clerk's Office after 6:30 PM is limited to emergency applications.

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Queens Housing Court
  • Address: 89-17 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY, 11435
  • Phone Number: (718) 262-7145
  • Business Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM; Thursday: 8:30 AM - 7 PM

The building is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM.

On the 3rd Thursday of each month, the Landlord and Tenant counter is generally open from 8 AM to 7 PM. Access to the Clerk's Office after 6:30 PM is limited to emergency applications.

  • Agency: New York Courts
  • Division: Staten Island Housing Court
  • Address: 927 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY, 10310
  • Phone Number: (718) 675-8452
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

Courts are closed on the following holidays in 2020:​

DateHoliday
Wednesday, January 1New Year's Day
Monday, January 20Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Wednesday, February 12Lincoln's Birthday
Monday, February 17Presidents Day
Monday, May 25Memorial Day
Friday, June 19Juneteenth
Friday, July 3Independence Day (Observed)
Monday, September 7Labor Day
Monday, October 12Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 3Election Day
Wednesday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 26Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 25Christmas Day