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Small Property Owner Nonpayment Petition 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.

File this form in District Court, City Court, Town Court or Village Court.

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.

New York City Residents:
New York City residents can use the NYC Small Property Owner Nonpayment Petition Program. This program will not make the right court papers for you.

 

Information Checklist

You will need the following information with you when you use this program:

  • The name and address of the tenant.

 

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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.

 

About DIY Forms

Who Can Use These Programs?
You can use DIY Forms if:

  • you're a court user and you don't have a lawyer;
  • you're a legal services provider;
  • you're a pro bono lawyer. Pro bono lawyers filing a DIY Form must submit thispro bono affirmation.
  • you're from a low-bono (reduced fee) program recognized and authorized to use the DIY Form programs by the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program. You must submit this low-bono affirmation with the filing.

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.

Computer Requirements
In order to use DIY Form programs, make sure you have the following:

Note: If you're on a Mac and do not have Microsoft Word, this program will not work for you.

Help Using DIY Forms
SeeĀ Frequently Asked Questions for help using DIY Form programs.

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