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Tenant Vacate Default Judgment Program

Aviso: Este programa es en inglés, pero obtendrá su traducción al pulsar sobre "ESPAÑOL." Deberá responder en inglés o el tribunal rechazará sus documentos.

About the program
New York City residents
Computer requirements
Start Tenant Vacate Default Program

About the program

This free and easy program will ask you questions and make papers that help you tell a judge why you missed your court date in a landlord-tenant nonpayment or holdover case. When you finish the program, you can print an “Order to Show Cause,” and “Affidavit in Support” which you must give to the Court Clerk. The papers ask the judge to let you come back to court to explain why the judgment against you should be vacated.

You should only use this program if there is a judgment against you.

It is helpful to have a copy of the petition with you when you use the program and to know the date that you did not go to court.

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New York City Residents

New York City residents can use the NYC Tenant Affidavit to Vacate a Default Judgment 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 don’t 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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Tenant Vacate Default Judgment 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