Pursuant to the authority vested in me, I hereby order and direct that, effective June 20, 2020, petitions in eviction proceedings involving residential or commercial property pursuant to Article 7 of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RP APL), whether brought on the ground that the respondent has defaulted in the payment of rent or on some other ground, shall require the inclusion of (l)(a) an attorney affirmation in the form attached as Exh. 1a, in cases where the petitioner is represented by counsel, or (l)(b) a petitioner’s affidavit in the form attached as Exh. 1b, in cases where the petitioner is self-represented; and (2) a Notice to Respondent Tenant in the form attached as Exh. 2a (if filing within the City of New York) or Exh. 2b (if filing outside the City of New York).
Consistent with prior and current gubernatorial Executive Orders (EO/202.8, EO/202.14, EO/202.28, EO/202.38) and Administrative Order AO/68/20, RP APL eviction matters commenced on or before March 16, 2020 shall continue to be suspended until further order; eviction proceedings filed after March 16, 2020 shalt upon the filing of a petition (if no answer is filed thereafter) or the filing of an answer, be suspended until further order. Notwithstanding the foregoing, eviction matters in which all parties are represented by counsel shall be eligible for calendaring for virtual settlement conferences.
This order shall take effect on June 20, 2020, and shall remain in effect for such time as state and federal emergency measures addressing the COVID-19 pandemic amend or suspend statutory provisions governing eviction proceedings, or until further order.