Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Evictions

Under New York State law, residential evictions and eviction cases in Housing Court are suspended through February 26, 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 May 1, 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.

Your landlord can still collect rent as scheduled; there is no rent suspension at this time.

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. For more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Tenants page.

Court Operations

New York City Housing Court is currently open for emergency cases, including if you:

  • Are locked out of your home without a court order
  • Need emergency repairs
  • Need critical services like heat or hot water 

You can start an emergency case online or by phone. Courthouses are open for people who need in-person assistance. 

Learn more about Housing Court operations during the outbreak.

If You Have Been Served With Papers

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 have received an eviction petition or other Housing Court papers, HRA’s Office of Civil Justice can provide free legal services under the City’s Right-to-Counsel law to help you with your case. You can contact the City’s Tenant Helpline to connect with free legal services. For more information, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Tenants page.

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

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 2021:​

DateHoliday
Friday, January 1New Year's Day
Monday, January 18Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Friday, February 12Lincoln's Birthday
Monday, February 15Presidents Day
Monday, May 31Memorial Day
Friday, June 18Juneteenth (Observed)
Monday, July 5Independence Day (Observed)
Monday, September 6Labor Day
Monday, October 11Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 2Election Day
Thursday, November 11Veterans Day
Thursday, November 25Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 24Christmas Day (Observed)
Friday, December 31New Year's Day (Observed)