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Housing Programs & Services

NYC Housing Court

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Summary

NYC Housing Court is only accepting filings for essential proceedings and appearances have either been adjourned or occurring remotely using Skype. Court locations have temporarily closed and relocated.

If you are a Benefits Plus subscriber, for additional information on NYC’s Housing Court system, refer to Benefits Plus, Housing Programs and Services, Housing Court. For subscription information visit: https://bplc.cssny.org/home/subscription_options.

Essential Proceedings

NYC Housing Court is not accepting filings of new actions or proceedings, except for essential/emergency proceedings.

Tenants can file essential proceedings for:

  • Illegal lockouts
  • Serious housing code violations (for example, no heat or hot water.)
  • Emergency repair orders

Parties do not have to go to a courthouse to start an essential proceeding. For information on how to start an emergency case, visit https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing.

Advocacy Tip

JustFix.NYC has a new tool for tenants to start an Emergency HP Action proceeding to sue their landlord for repairs or harassment without going to court at https://app.justfix.nyc/en/ehp/splash.

For a step-by-step video on how to use the Emergency HP Action tool from JustFix.nyc, click here.

Court Appearances

Since March 16th, 2020, NYC Housing Court is adjourning (postponing) most appearances in regular housing court for approximately 45 days. Cases may be adjourned multiple times during the length of the crisis. All parties will be notified of adjourned dates by postcard.

However, as of April 13th, the Court began hearing selected non-essential case types; parties and attorneys in those cases will hear directly from the court.

Parties do not have to go to a courthouse to appear in a case. For information on how to appear remotely over Skype for Business, visit: https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing.

Court Relocations

For temporary Courthouse closure and relocations alerts, visit: https://www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/civil/temp_close.shtml.

BRONX

All essential/emergency appearances for the Bronx Housing Court will be held at the Bronx County Courthouse located at 851 Grand Concourse.

For more information call 646-386-5409.

BROOKLYN

All emergency applications for the Kings Civil and Housing Court can be handled at the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Criminal Term, located at 320 Jay Street.

For more information, call 347-404-9133.

MANHATTAN

  • Harlem Community Justice Center
    • All emergency applications for the Harlem Community Justice Center can be handled at the New York County Criminal Court, located at 100 Centre Street, Room 150. For more information, call 646-386-5730.
  • Manhattan Housing Court
    • All emergency applications for the New York County Civil and Housing Court can be handled at the New York County Criminal Court, located at 100 Centre Street, Room 150. For more information, call 646-386-5730.

STATEN ISLAND

All emergency applications for the Richmond Civil Court can be handled at the Richmond County Supreme Court, located at 26 Central Avenue, St. George, Staten Island. For more information, call 646-386-5409.