Posted by Anna on June 10, 1999 at 09:50:33:
In Reply to: Oral Answer to Non-Payment Petition: the form posted by Anna on June 09, 1999 at 23:50:16:
I posted the form by itself so all could see it, print it, evaluate it. But I forgot to post this note:
As JJ said, there is no place for improper service of rent demand. Nor for defects on the rent demand or their affidavits, and only a couple for the petition.
1. it is not an affidavit: the clerk fills it out.
2. the clerk does not ask for ID
3. request for costs, etc., are missing, and denied on that basis.
4. the clerk usually just asks: why did you not pay the rent? the unskilled tenant knows nothing about defenses not listed or service requirements.
5. General Denial is rarely checked off.
ALSO: In Manhattan, the clerks' office is on the second floor: most tenants answer BEFORE learning of either the help table or the pro se attorney on the first floor.
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