Please go to our FORMS page for forms and more instructions.
If a tenant receives a notice that he/she has the right to contest the notice by filing an affidavit (answer) with the justice court, and the tenant wishes the court to know that he/she is not in default of payment of the rent or in violation of the lease, the tenant must file the appropriate forms with the court. It is important to read the notice carefully and note any deadlines for responding/answering to the notice.
Important: If the notice has a noon deadline to file, the tenant must arrive to the court early enough to complete the forms before noon. Notices of less than 11 days are Judicial Days and do not include holidays, weekends, or the date of service.
If a tenant cannot afford filing fees, the tenant must prepare a Fee Waiver Application (application to proceed in Forma Pauperis). Our office will receive the documents that the tenant wants to file.
If the fee waiver is granted by the judge, the documents will be filed. If the fee waiver is denied, the tenant will have 2 business days to pay the fee or the documents will not be filed.
Note: Once a fee waiver application has been denied on a case by the judge, the tenant cannot submit another fee waiver application. The tenant must pay the fees at the time of filing the documents.