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Nonpayment Answer Program

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This free and easy program will ask you questions about your New York City nonpayment case. At the end, you can print out an answer chart to take with you to the Housing Court Clerk so you can answer the petition in person (oral answer). You will also receive facts sheets with information about defenses and counterclaims.

You can use this program if:

  • you live in a rent stabilized apartment, or
  • you live in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) housing,
  • you have not gotten a warrant of eviction, and
  • you don’t get a Section 8 subsidy or live in a Section 8 project based building.

It is helpful to have a copy of the notice of petition and petition with you when you use the program.

Go to the Nonpayment Answer Program

If this program is not for you, learn more about answering a case or visit one of the Civil Court’s Help Centers and speak to a help center attorney free of charge, or you can see if there is a court form that you can complete yourself.

Computer Requirements
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Please Note: It is always better to talk to a lawyer, if possible.

DIY Forms are not for commercial use and charging for use in any way is prohibited.



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