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Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Housing Courts in New York City are only accepting cases for the following conditions, or others that threaten the health and safety of your household:
An Emergency HP (Housing Part) Action is a legal case you can bring against your landlord for failing to make repairs, not providing essential services, and/or harassing you. Here is how it works:
- Answer a few questions here about your housing situation and we will email your answers to your Borough’s Housing Court Clerk. You will also be emailed a copy of the paperwork.
- The Clerk will present the paperwork to the Judge and the Judge will decide whether or not to approve your case.
- If your case is approved, the clerk will email you the signed copy of the paperwork by email as an attachment. If your case is rejected, the Clerk will email you to let you know.
- Once you get the signed paperwork you will need to inform your landlord and/or management company that you are suing them by “serving” the papers on them. This is called service and it must be done exactly as the Judge says on your paperwork. It might be by USPS mail, email, or in-person. We will give you detailed instructions on how to serve in a confirmation email once your filing is submitted.
- Your case might be considered an emergency. If so, the court will assign you a lawyer. If not, you will need to do the rest of the process on your own. This is called being “pro-se”. If you do not hear from a lawyer within 3 days, you should assume that you will need to be pro-se.
- If you are suing for Repairs, an inspector from Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will come to your apartment to verify the issue(s) and make a report for the court.
- The court hearing will happen through a video call so that you do not have to go to the Courthouse in-person. Your lawyer will give you all of the details and will guide you every step of the way.