Frequently Asked Questions
Navigating these laws is confusing. Check out our frequently asked questions from people who have used our tool below. If you have questions about the state of housing court and the current status of eviction cases, check out Right to Counsel's FAQ pageRight to Counsel's FAQ page.
Is this free?
Yes, this is a free website created by 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.
Do I have to go to the post office to mail my declaration?
No, you can use this website to send a letter to your landlord via email or USPS mail. You do not have to pay for the letter to be mailed. If you choose not to use this tool, you will be responsible for mailing your declaration.
I have a current eviction case in NYC. How do I connect with a lawyer?
Visit Right to Counsel's FAQ page for information on how to connect with a lawyer.
I’m undocumented. Can I use this tool?
Yes, the protections outlined by New York State law apply to you regardless of immigration status.
Can I see what forms I’m sending before I fill them out?
When you use our tool, you will be able to preview your filled out form before sending it. You can also view a blank copy of the Hardship Declaration form.
Is the online tool the only way to submit this form?
No, you can print out the hardship declaration form yourself, fill it out by hand, and mail/email it to your landlord and local housing court.
New York City residents can send their declarations to the court in their borough:
Manhattan Housing Court:
- Address: 111 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013
- Email: NewYorkHardshipDeclaration@nycourts.gov
Bronx Housing Court:
- Address: 1118 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456
- Email: BronxHardshipDeclaration@nycourts.gov
Brooklyn Housing Court:
- Address: 141 Livingston St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
- Email: KingsHardshipDeclaration@nycourts.gov
Queens Housing Court:
- Address: 89-17 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, New York 11435
- Email: QueensHardshipDeclaration@nycourts.gov
Staten Island Housing Court:
- Address: 927 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10310
- Email: RichmondHardshipDeclaration@nycourts.gov
What is the time lag between me filling this out and when it gets sent?
Once you build your declaration form via this tool, it gets mailed and/or emailed immediately to your landlord and the courts. After it's sent, physical mail usually delivers in about a week.
What is the deadline for filling out the declaration?
You currently can submit your declaration form at any time between now and May 1, 2021. Once you submit your declaration form via this tool, we will mail and/or email it immediately to your landlord and the courts. If you’re ONLY sending your form via physical mail, send it as soon as possible and keep any proof of mailing and/or return receipts for your records.
Is there a way to resend the declaration if the landlord claims they never received it?
You currently cannot use this tool to send more than one declaration form. However, once you use this tool, you will be able to download a PDF copy of your declaration on the “Confirmation Page,” and you can choose to resend that declaration on your own. You should keep it for your records, in case your landlord tries to bring you to court.
I live in another state that isn’t New York. Is this tool for me?
No. Unfortunately, these protections only apply to residents of New York State.
Need additional support?
Call the Housing Court Answers hotline at 212-962-4795.
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.
Available in English and Spanish.