Facing eviction can be scary. Tenants should be aware that they do not need to vacate their apartments just because the landlord asks them to or because they receive notice of a court date. Tenants have a right to go to Housing Court to respond to the landlord's eviction case and may have defenses available to them that will allow them to remain in their homes. Whenever possible, tenants should consult with an attorney if they have received an eviction notice.
- To learn more about the Housing Court process please visit Housing Court Answers or LawHelp.org's portal designed to assist tenants with navigating the housing court process which includes sample forms and guides on how tenants can prepare to answer housing court cases.
- Tenants seeking an attorney may contact the following organizations.
- Households with rental arrears or facing eviction may be eligible for additional rent subsidies and/or for money from certain grant sources. In order to receive help paying for rental arrears, the tenant facing eviction will need to establish that he or she is able to pay rent and maintain the apartment in the future. Resources for eviction prevention include:
- “One-Shot-Deals” which are emergency grants from Public Assistance may also be available. To apply for an emergency grant, the tenant needs to bring documentation and explanation of the arrears and will need to provide proof of the ability to pay rent for the apartment in the future. This paperwork should be brought to the tenant’s nearest job center (public assistance office). For info about the nearest job center, click here.
- Family Eviction Prevention Supplement (FEPS) (formerly Jiggetts) may be available to those facing eviction and receiving public assistance. FEPS applications can be filed through Legal Aid’s borough offices and specific community-based organizations in each borough.
- The HomeBase program is run by the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) to help clients facing eviction and/or homelessness in specific community districts in New York City. HomeBase helps clients apply for emergency grants and offers case management and other services to help tenants keep their homes.
- Tenants residing in NYCHA Public Housing or Section 8 apartments cannot be evicted solely because of their status as a domestic violence victim due to protections offered under the Violence Against Women Act regardless of the gender of the victim or perpetrator.
- Tenants of rent stabilized apartments who are victims of domestic violence and need to temporarily flee their apartments due to the violence cannot be evicted due to not using the apartment as their primary residence if the reason for their absence from the apartment is due to the abuse.