Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Eviction Protections

The NYS COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act (CEEFPA) has been amended and extended. Tenants who are experiencing financial challenges due to COVID-19 or for whom moving would pose a risk can prevent eviction until at least January 15, 2022 if they sign and deliver a Hardship Declaration form to their landlord, to a representative of their landlord, or to their local Housing Court.  

The Hardship Declaration form is available online in multiple languages. Note that you are responsible for completing the Hardship Declaration truthfully. You should take a photo or make a copy of your signed declaration before submitting it.

Get a copy of the Hardship Declaration form.

Hardship Declaration Eligibility

You can submit a Hardship Declaration if, due to COVID-19, you have faced one or more of the following challenges: 

  • You have lost significant household income 
  • You have increased expenses related to health impacts or essential work 
  • Childcare or other family care expenses during the pandemic have negatively affected your finances 
  • You have been unable to obtain meaningful employment because of circumstances relating to COVID-19 
  • You cannot afford to move or would have difficulty securing alternative housing  
  • Vacating and moving would pose a significant health risk to you or a member of your household due to age (over 65 years old), disability status, or an underlying medical condition

After Submitting a Hardship Declaration

A Hardship Declaration protects you, whether or not a warrant of eviction was issued against you. You may even provide the Hardship Declaration to the officer charged with evicting you.  

A Hardship Declaration protects from eviction for most reasons, including for not paying rent. A Hardship Declaration does not protect you from eviction for causing an ongoing nuisance condition to other tenants or for posing a substantial danger to the safety of others. 

Note: Your landlord can challenge your hardship declaration in court. If this happens, you have a right to a hearing where the court will consider your claim of hardship. You also may be eligible for free legal services through the City’s Right to Counsel Program. 

If the court finds your hardship claim to be valid, your eviction case will be postponed until at least January 15, 2022. If the court does not find your hardship claim to be valid, then your case can move forward and might lead to an eviction. However, you can still fight your case in court, and you cannot be evicted until a judge signs an order allowing the eviction to happen. 

Other Protections from Eviction

  • Tenants who file an application for rent assistance with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will have their eviction case stayed (paused) until their application is reviewed and decided by NYS. Additional protections in eviction proceedings for non-payment of rent will apply to tenants whose applications are approved, and landlords who accept ERAP payments are also restricted from evicting for an expired lease or holdover for a year after the first ERAP payment. To learn more and apply go to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) page. 
  • Tenants who can prove that they had financial hardship between March 7, 2020 and January 15, 2022 may have a defense in court to eviction for non-payment of rent owed during that period, under the NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act as amended.

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 eviction protections or other legal issues, you can contact the City’s Tenant Helpline. The Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT) and the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (PEU) 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.

Need something else?

You can get help if you've received an eviction notice or if you are in an immediate housing crisis.

A Notice of Eviction is a written notice from the Housing Court authorizing the Marshal or Sheriff to perform an eviction.

A "Non-Payment" Notice of Eviction is a case brought by a landlord to Housing Court to collect unpaid rent from the tenant.

A "Holdover" Notice of Eviction is a case brought by a landlord to evict a tenant for reasons other than non-payment of rent.

Get general information about eviction prevention resources.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

All HomeBase offices are closed until further notice. Programs will contact and support clients remotely over the phone and through video systems. 

Please call your local HomeBase program for more information.

HomeBase is a program for people who are at risk of becoming homeless. If you think that you may become homeless, a HomeBase counselor might find other options for you, instead of homeless shelter.

You must call a HomeBase office in your borough. They are open Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Learn more about HomeBase.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Eviction Protections

The NYS COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act (CEEFPA) has been amended and extended. Tenants who are experiencing financial challenges due to COVID-19 or for whom moving would pose a risk can prevent eviction until at least January 15, 2022 if they sign and deliver a Hardship Declaration form to their landlord, to a representative of their landlord, or to their local Housing Court.  

The Hardship Declaration form is available online in multiple languages. Note that you are responsible for completing the Hardship Declaration truthfully. You should take a photo or make a copy of your signed declaration before submitting it.

Get a copy of the Hardship Declaration form.

Hardship Declaration Eligibility

You can submit a Hardship Declaration if, due to COVID-19, you have faced one or more of the following challenges: 

  • You have lost significant household income 
  • You have increased expenses related to health impacts or essential work 
  • Childcare or other family care expenses during the pandemic have negatively affected your finances 
  • You have been unable to obtain meaningful employment because of circumstances relating to COVID-19 
  • You cannot afford to move or would have difficulty securing alternative housing  
  • Vacating and moving would pose a significant health risk to you or a member of your household due to age (over 65 years old), disability status, or an underlying medical condition

After Submitting a Hardship Declaration

A Hardship Declaration protects you, whether or not a warrant of eviction was issued against you. You may even provide the Hardship Declaration to the officer charged with evicting you.  

A Hardship Declaration protects from eviction for most reasons, including for not paying rent. A Hardship Declaration does not protect you from eviction for causing an ongoing nuisance condition to other tenants or for posing a substantial danger to the safety of others. 

Note: Your landlord can challenge your hardship declaration in court. If this happens, you have a right to a hearing where the court will consider your claim of hardship. You also may be eligible for free legal services through the City’s Right to Counsel Program. 

If the court finds your hardship claim to be valid, your eviction case will be postponed until at least January 15, 2022. If the court does not find your hardship claim to be valid, then your case can move forward and might lead to an eviction. However, you can still fight your case in court, and you cannot be evicted until a judge signs an order allowing the eviction to happen. 

Other Protections from Eviction

  • Tenants who file an application for rent assistance with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will have their eviction case stayed (paused) until their application is reviewed and decided by NYS. Additional protections in eviction proceedings for non-payment of rent will apply to tenants whose applications are approved, and landlords who accept ERAP payments are also restricted from evicting for an expired lease or holdover for a year after the first ERAP payment. To learn more and apply go to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) page.
  • Tenants who can prove that they had financial hardship between March 7, 2020 and January 15, 2022 may have a defense in court to eviction for non-payment of rent owed during that period, under the NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act as amended.

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. 

Get Help

If you have questions about eviction protections or other legal issues, you can contact the City’s Tenant Helpline. The Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT) and the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (PEU) 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.

If you have received formal Housing Court documents for Non-Payment of Rent, you may receive help to pay rent one time to prevent eviction. Assistance is also available for physically-able seniors age 60 and older.

  • Agency: Human Resources Administration
  • Phone Number: (718) 557-1399
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours. Automated assistance is also available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian, and Spanish. Most languages are available through a staff person.

If you receive Cash Assistance (also called Public Assistance), you may be eligible for help paying your back rent. To be eligible for Family Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Services (FHEPS), you must:

  • Be receiving Cash Assistance AND
  • Have a child younger than 18 at home, or a child younger than 19 in high school and at home, AND
  • Have a court case because you are being sued for past-due rent.

You should go to your HRA Job Center and see the Homelessness Diversion Unit to discuss your situation.

To learn more about Family Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Services (FHEPS), go to the Family Homelessness and Eviction Prevention Supplement (FHEPS) page.

Seniors 60 and older who are homebound because of mental or physical disabilities can get eviction assistance if they receive a:

  • Notice of Eviction
  • "Holdover" Notice of Eviction or
  • Notice from their landlord requesting either unpaid rent or corrections to the problems related to the apartment

They can also get legal assistance if they received an eviction notice for any reason.

This assistance is for seniors age 60 and older who, because of mental or physical disabilities, are unable to manage their own resources, carry out the activities of daily living, or protect themselves from neglect or hazardous situations without assistance from others, and have no one available who is willing and able to responsibly assist.

Learn about eviction prevention for seniors who are mentally or physically impaired.

If you are facing eviction, you might be eligible for free legal representation through the City's Right to Counsel program. The Right to Counsel program, also known as Universal Access to Counsel, is now available to residential tenants 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Adult Protective Services are working remotely. For assistance, please contact Adult Protective Services, Central Intake Unit at (212) 630-1853, Monday to Friday between 9 AM and 5 PM (except holidays).

Should you experience a long wait time or any technical difficulties contacting an agent, please forward an email with your name and contact information to apsrefer@hra.nyc.gov and an intake agent will contact you.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

Eviction Protections

The NYS COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act (CEEFPA) has been amended and extended. Tenants who are experiencing financial challenges due to COVID-19 or for whom moving would pose a risk can prevent eviction until at least January 15, 2022 if they sign and deliver a Hardship Declaration form to their landlord, to a representative of their landlord, or to their local Housing Court.  

The Hardship Declaration form is available online in multiple languages. Note that you are responsible for completing the Hardship Declaration truthfully. You should take a photo or make a copy of your signed declaration before submitting it.

Get a copy of the Hardship Declaration form.

Hardship Declaration Eligibility

You can submit a Hardship Declaration if, due to COVID-19, you have faced one or more of the following challenges: 

  • You have lost significant household income 
  • You have increased expenses related to health impacts or essential work 
  • Childcare or other family care expenses during the pandemic have negatively affected your finances 
  • You have been unable to obtain meaningful employment because of circumstances relating to COVID-19 
  • You cannot afford to move or would have difficulty securing alternative housing  
  • Vacating and moving would pose a significant health risk to you or a member of your household due to age (over 65 years old), disability status, or an underlying medical condition

After Submitting a Hardship Declaration

A Hardship Declaration protects you, whether or not a warrant of eviction was issued against you. You may even provide the Hardship Declaration to the officer charged with evicting you.  

A Hardship Declaration protects from eviction for most reasons, including for not paying rent. A Hardship Declaration does not protect you from eviction for causing an ongoing nuisance condition to other tenants or for posing a substantial danger to the safety of others. 

Note: Your landlord can challenge your hardship declaration in court. If this happens, you have a right to a hearing where the court will consider your claim of hardship. You also may be eligible for free legal services through the City’s Right to Counsel Program. 

If the court finds your hardship claim to be valid, your eviction case will be postponed until at least January 15, 2022. If the court does not find your hardship claim to be valid, then your case can move forward and might lead to an eviction. However, you can still fight your case in court, and you cannot be evicted until a judge signs an order allowing the eviction to happen. 

Other Protections from Eviction

  • Tenants who file an application for rent assistance with the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will have their eviction case stayed (paused) until their application is reviewed and decided by NYS. Additional protections in eviction proceedings for non-payment of rent will apply to tenants whose applications are approved, and landlords who accept ERAP payments are also restricted from evicting for an expired lease or holdover for a year after the first ERAP payment. To learn more and apply go to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) page.
  • Tenants who can prove that they had financial hardship between March 7, 2020 and January 15, 2022 may have a defense in court to eviction for non-payment of rent owed during that period, under the NYS Tenant Safe Harbor Act as amended.

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.

Get Help

If you have questions about eviction protections or other legal issues, you can contact the City’s Tenant Helpline. The Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT) and the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (PEU) 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.

If you have been served a holdover eviction notice, you may qualify for free legal representation in Housing Court or free legal counsel to help you avoid eviction.

Legal services include:

  • Representing you in Housing Court
  • Negotiating with your landlord
  • Finding out whether your rent amount is correct or whether your housing conditions require repair by the landlord
  • Preparing and filing required agency and court papers

By Email

You can send a message to the HRA Office of Civil Justice at civiljustice@hra.nyc.gov for assistance.

In Person

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

HRA Office of Civil Justice in-person locations are closed until further notice.

In Housing Court, you can see a legal professional by going to the Human Resources Administration (HRA) Office of Civil Justice in the building, 9 AM to 4 PM, Monday to Friday, except holidays. The HRA Office of Civil Justice is located at these Housing Courts:

Bronx

Bronx County
1118 Grand Concourse, Room 1A

Brooklyn and Staten Island

Kings County
141 Livingston Street, Room 201

Manhattan

New York County
111 Centre Street, Room 854

Queens

Queens County
89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Room 121

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

If you are facing eviction, you might be eligible for free legal representation through the City's Right to Counsel program. The Right to Counsel program, also known as Universal Access to Counsel, is now available to residential tenants 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.

If you are a physically-able senior age 60 and older who has received a Holdover Notice of Eviction or you received a written notice from your landlord demanding unpaid rent or corrections to problems related to the apartment, you can get a referral for legal assistance.

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