​Housing Court Trials Are Resuming in Brooklyn

Written By: Michelle P. Quinn

court gavel next to hourglass on table

In-person trials of eviction proceedings resumed in Kings County Housing Court as of July 27, 2020, with other boroughs to follow soon. First priority will be given to those cases which were on the Court’s calendar prior to March 16, 2020, when the ban on evictions was put in place. Proceedings involving unrepresented litigants will be included, however, preference will be given to “two-attorney” cases.
The in-person trials in Brooklyn will be held in three (3) large designated courtrooms in the Supreme Court building at 320 Jay Street, which will provide ample space for social distancing and other safety measures.
Though trials will resume, that does not necessarily mean that a judgment of possession will be granted or that a warrant of eviction will be issued, both of which are necessary for an eviction to take place. While some tenant advocates feel the resumption of trials is premature, many cases unrelated to the pandemic, such as nuisance or illegal conduct, may soon see resolution, even if actual eviction is delayed.
*New Summary Proceedings Update – attorneys no longer need to file an affirmation that the tenant was not financially impacted by COVID-19 when filing a new nonpayment proceeding.

For an earlier discussion on the reopening of NYC's Housing Court, please read
Housing Court Is Reopening, But Don't Expect Business As Usual For a Long Time by Michelle P. Quinn, Esq. (6/18/20)


about the authors

Michelle P. Quinn


Michelle P. Quinn represents cooperative and condominium boards, businesses, and individuals regarding issues with shareholders and owners in commercial and residential landlord-tenant litigation, including summary proceedings, administrative agency hearings, and Supreme Court actions and appeals.  She has substantial experience with Mitchell-Lama cooperatives, redevelopment companies, and tenancies protected by New York State Rent Regulation.

View Profile