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Small Property Owner Squatter Holdover Petition Program

About the program
Computer requirements
Start the Squatter Holdover Petition Program

About the program

This free and easy program will ask you questions and make papers for a residential squatter holdover petition or notice to quit to start a squatter holdover case in court. You will also get instructions that tell you what to do next.

You can use this program if:

  • You do not have a lawyer, and
  • The premises is unregulated housing, and
  • The premises is not owned by a corporation or voluntary association, and
  • You are the owner of the premises, and
  • You own less than 3 rental units, and
  • The people you want to evict moved in without permission from you or anyone else.

It is helpful to know the exact date or your best guess for the date that the squatter moved into the premises.

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Computer requirements

You must have the following on your computer to use this program:

  1. Adobe Flash to see the program. Download it now for free.
  2. Microsoft Word to properly view and print the completed court forms. If you do not have Word, you can download Word Viewer now for free and view and print Word documents, even if you donít have Word on your computer.

    Note: Microsoft WordPad is not the same as Microsoft Word. WordPad will cause problems with your documents.

See Frequently Asked Questions

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Squatter Holdover Petition Program

Note: You will be taken to our partner website called LawHelp Interactive.

You can "Sign Up to Save Your Work" or go directly to the program without signing up by clicking on "Get Started" or "Go". Then check to agree to the Terms of Use and click on "Continue" to begin the program.

NYS DIY Forms are only for court users who don't have a lawyer and legal services and pro bono attorneys and staff helping clients who cannot afford lawyers. Commercial use is prohibited and no one may charge for using these programs. When you begin the program, you will be asked to accept these terms of use.

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This program was created by the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program.

Last updated on April 24, 2014

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April 24, 2014