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. 

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

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

Court Operations

New York State courts are open and offering limited in-person assistance for health and safety reasons.

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 to people who need in-person assistance. 

For the most up-to-date information on court operations, check the Housing Court website.

For visitor screening and safety rules and other COVID-19 information, visit the NYCOURTS website. You can also call the Coronavirus Hotline at (833) 503-0447.

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)