How does housing court actually work?

What do tenants do if their landlord won't make essential repairs? Or, on the other hand, what happens if tenants won't pay their rent? News 12 breaks down the process of going through New York City housing court.



It all starts with a trip up to the second floor of Brooklyn Civil Court on Livingston Street, an area that can be described as the gateway to housing court. From there, it depends on what type of lawsuit is being filed.



For tenants suing over poor conditions or landlords suing for rent payments, they get assigned a court appearance, usually for a later date.



If, for whatever reason, you do have a case in housing court, you might want to clear your plans for that date as it'll likely take some time. Even getting through the security line into the gateway area can last a while, but there are slower times like the morning that can be taken advantage of.


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