Tenant Vacate Default Judgment Program

Aviso: Este programa es en inglés, pero obtendrá su traducción al pulsar sobre "ESPAÑOL." Deberá responder en inglés o el tribunal rechazará sus documentos.

This free and easy program will ask you questions and make papers that help you tell a Judge why you missed your court date in a landlord-tenant nonpayment or holdover case. When you finish the program, you can print an “Order to Show Cause,” and “Affidavit in Support” which you must give to the Court Clerk. The papers ask the Judge to let you come back to court to explain why the judgment against you should be vacated.

File this form in District Court, City Court, Town Court or Village Court.

You can use this program:

  • only if there is a judgment against you.

New York City Residents:
New York City residents can use the NYC Tenant Affidavit to Vacate a Default Judgment Program. This program will not make the right court papers for you.


Information Checklist

You will need the following information with you when you use this program:

  • It is helpful to have a copy of the petition with you when you use the program and to know the date that you did not go to court.



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Note: You will be taken to our partner website called LawHelp Interactive.

You can "Sign Up" for an account or go directly to the program without signing up by clicking on the green "Get Started" button. Then check to agree to the Terms of Use and click on "Continue" to begin the program.


About DIY Forms

Who Can Use These Programs?
You can use DIY Forms if:

  • you're a court user and you don't have a lawyer;
  • you're a legal services provider;
  • you're a pro bono lawyer. Pro bono lawyers filing a DIY Form must submit thispro bono affirmation.
  • you're from a low-bono (reduced fee) program. You must submit a low-bono affirmation with the filing.

Commercial use is prohibited and no one may charge for using these programs. When you begin the program, you will be asked to accept these terms of use.

Computer Requirements
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  • Attached printer

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