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Answering Petitions

For help answering your case, you can call Housing Court Answers at 212-962-4795. For information on obtaining a free lawyer, visit the NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) legal assistance page or call 718-557-1379. You can also reach out to our Housing Court Help Center by phone at the following phone numbers:

Brooklyn/Kings and Red Hook347-404-9043, 9044
Manhattan/New York and Harlem646-386-5554, 5555
Queens718-262-7185, 7186
Staten Island/Richmond718-675-8441

You should include in your answer if the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your health or finances or those of someone in your household and/or if you are in the military or a dependent of someone in the military.

Tenants may use the following two methods to answer their case:

1. E-File an answer on NYSCEF

The New York State Electronic Filing System (NYSCEF) is now available for all Housing cases in New York City. You are encouraged to e-file your answer if you can. But first you must confirm that your case is available on NYSCEF. You can check online to see if your case is in the NYSCEF system at

In preparing your answer to be e-filed, you may use a free Civil Court form, or your own form. You may download a Landlord/Tenant answer form and information sheet. Information to help you answer the petition is available online at

2. Answer in-person at the courthouse

You can bring a copy of your written answer to the courthouse in-person, but you may not be able to get into the courthouse right away due to health and safety requirements. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO ANSWER IN-PERSON. Not being able to get into the courthouse may not be an excuse for failing to answer. When you answer the petition, you will get a date for virtual conference with the Judge. If you are unable to attend a virtual conference, you may call the Court at the phone number listed at the top of this notice to arrange an in-person conference.

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