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Small Property Owner Nonpayment Petition Program

About the program
New York City residents
Computer requirements
Start the Landlord Nonpayment Petition Program

About the program

This free and easy program will ask you questions and make papers for a residential nonpayment petition or written rent demand to start a nonpayment case against your tenant 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,
  • you own less than 3 rental units,
  • you are the owner and landlord of the premises,
  • you are not a corporation or voluntary association,
  • the premises is not rent regulated,
  • the tenant is in possession of the premises, and
  • the premises is located outside New York City.
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New York City Residents

New York City residents can use the NY Small Property Owner Nonpayment Petition Program on the NYC Housing Court website. This program will not make the right court papers for you.

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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.

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Small Property Owner Nonpayment 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