In addition to the main civil division of the Court, and the Small Claims Part, the Civil Court of the City of New York has a Housing Part devoted to actions and proceedings involving the enforcement of state and local laws for the establishment and maintenance of housing standards. The Housing Part has jurisdiction of summary proceedings, and in addition to judgments of possession, can award a judgment for rent in any amount.
The kinds of cases filed in the Landlord-Tenant Housing Part Office and decided in the Housing Court, include the following:
- Residential Holdover Proceedings
- Residential Non-Payment Proceedings
- RPAPL Section 7A actions
- Post-Eviction proceedings
- Housing Part Proceedings
When a residential proceeding is filed in the courthouse it is assigned to a Resolution Part. When the case is ready for trial, it is sent Trial Part. The only exceptions are Housing Part cases which are assigned to the Housing Part and the presiding Housing Court Judge handles all matters in the case, including trials.
Most residential landlord and tenant matters are handled by Housing Judges. However, some landlord and tenant matters are handled in Part I (also known as the Integrated Part). Part I is a Special Part located in the New York County Civil Court. Cases are transferred into Part I when a tenant living in New York County is the subject of both a Civil Court, Housing Part case and a Supreme Court, Article 81 Guardianship case. Upon transfer, both cases are combined and adjudicated by an Acting Supreme Court Justice.
The Housing Part also offers litigants the opportunity to visit a Housing Court Counselor in the Civil Court’s Help Center for free legal information. The Help Center also offers an array of free materials, pamphlets and videos on a variety of housing questions for both landlords and tenants.
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