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Roommate Holdover Program


This free and easy program will ask you questions and make a New York City residential roommate holdover Notice of Termination or Notice of Petition and Petition that you can print, serve and file in the courthouse. You will also get instructions that will tell you what to do. There is a fee to file the Notice of Petition and Petition at the courthouse.

You can use this program if:

  1. Your roommate is supposed to pay you rent to live with you
  2. Your roommate rents from you not the landlord
  3. Your roommate shares some rooms with you, such as a kitchen, bathroom or livingroom.

You will need to know the following information to finish the program:

  1. If the premises is a multiple dwelling, you need the name and address of the registered managing agent and the multiple dwelling registration number. You can find this information at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
  2. You need to know the date your agreement to rent to your roommate started.

 Go to the Roommate Holdover Program


If this program is not for you, learn more about starting a roommate holdover or visit one of the Civil Court’s Help Centers and speak to a Help Center attorney free of charge.



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.



Please Note: It is always better to talk to a lawyer, if possible.

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