A summons is a ticket issued by an enforcement agency or citizen complainant. OATH does not issue summonses.
Read all of the information on your summons carefully. The enforcement agency that issued the summons may be able to answer your questions. The name of that agency is listed on the top of your summons.
If you have questions concerning the date, place, or time of your hearing, you may contact OATH Hearings Division at 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692).
For information about the summons, you may reach out to the enforcement agency that issued the summons. The name of that agency is listed on the top of your summons.
If you need information about your hearing, you may contact OATH Hearings Division at 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692).
Your summons may be available on OATH's Online Summons Finder. If the summons you are looking for is not available through the Summons Finder, call the OATH Hearings Division at 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692) to request a copy.
You may need to appear for the hearing to explain why you think the summons was issued incorrectly. If the summons was issued to the previous owner while you owned the property, you can have a hearing.
Yes. The person named as respondent on the summons must appear personally or be represented at the hearing. Many summonses can be contested without attending the hearing in person. Learn more about Remote Hearing Options.
If a respondent fails to appear for the scheduled hearing, he or she will be found in violation by default and a higher penalty may be imposed.
The enforcement agency that issued the summons can best answer this question. However, to avoid being found in violation by default, the named respondent must appear for the hearing. Through the hearing process you have the opportunity to present proof of ownership.
Prior to the date of your hearing, call 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692) for assistance or email the OATH's Help Center
Yes, OATH's locations are all wheelchair accessible.
Yes. Before your hearing, call OATH through New York City's Information TTY line at 212-504-4115 to request a sign-language interpreter.
Yes. New York City provides telephone access to interpreters in many languages. When you arrive for your hearing, immediately tell the clerk that you need an interpreter.
Yes. You can complete all forms in the language of your choice.
If you have any questions, contact OATH at 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692).
Come to the hearing indicated on the most recent notice you received. If you are unsure of when to appear, call OATH Hearings Division at 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692).
The New York City Department of Finance (DOF) may be able to assist you with questions about property records and ownership. You can visit DOF's website to view property record information.
If you appeared for your hearing and were found in violation, but have not paid the penalty amount imposed, the penalty may be higher because it includes interest.
If you failed to appear for your hearing and a default judgment was entered, you will owe the default penalty amount, which is usually higher, unless your default judgment is vacated.
For certain violations, OATH will file with the Civil Court of the City of New York any unpaid monetary judgments that result from a hearing or default. These judgments become "docketed" when filed. This means the City may attempt to collect on the money owed through court proceedings or by attaching liens to real property.
Call OATH Hearings Division at 844-OATH-NYC (844-628-4692) to request a copy.
If you are not the respondent or the respondent's representative on a case, but want to get a copy of a decision, you may make a request under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). All FOIL requests should be submitted through the Open Records Portal.
You can expect to receive an acknowledgement of receipt of the request within 5 days of submission and a response from OATH within 30 business days.
To get a copy of the audio recording you must fill out and submit to OATH a "Request for Audio Hearing Recordings" form (available at any OATH Hearings Division location). There is no charge if the audio file is emailed. A fee of $3.00 will be charged for the audio recording if requested by mail or 25 cents per CD if picked up in person.
For certain types of violations, OATH Hearing Officers will offer you the option to perform community service instead of paying a monetary penalty. Performance of community service may include attendance, either in person or web-based, at a program authorized by OATH.
The following community service options may be available depending on the type of violation:
You may be eligible for community service if you have received a summons for one of the following charges:
Community service is not an option if the alleged conduct was carried out for a commercial purpose, except if the charge is for unauthorized vending.
If you are eligible (see # 3 above) and wish to perform community service, you must attend your hearing in person and either admit or be found in violation of the charge. The Hearing Officer will offer you the option to perform community service instead of paying the monetary civil penalty.
You cannot request community service if you have a hearing by phone, mail, webcam or online.
If you choose to perform community service, the Hearing Officer will issue a decision that states the number of hours of community service you are required to complete and the deadline to complete the community service. The number of community service hours required for specific violations can be sent to you by email. Email the OATH Help Center.
Generally, you must complete your community service by the deadline in the decision.
You will owe the monetary penalty stated in the decision if you do not complete your community service within 30 days of the date of the decision or 35 days if the decision was mailed to you. You may be granted an extension of the deadline to complete the community service, but the monetary penalty stated in the decision will still be due and owing within 30 days of the date of the decision or 35 days if the decision was mailed to you.
Yes. If you chose to perform community service at the hearing, you may still appeal the decision. You will not have to pay the penalty in order to appeal. Please see FAQ about Appealing a Hearing Decision for more information about filing an appeal.
If you have any questions about community service, please contact the Center for Court Innovation (CCI).
CCI is the Center for Court Innovation. CCI is authorized to create and provide community service programs. CCI may be found in most OATH Hearings Division locations, and can be reached by using the following contact information.
You can pay the outstanding penalties. If your case has defaulted, you can either pay the default penalty or complete a Request for a New Hearing After Failure to Appear form. If your Request is granted, you will be given a date to appear for a hearing to contest the summons.
OATH does not take property. You should contact the agency that took your property to discuss your options. If you received a summons, you should appear for your hearing unless you resolved the matter directly with the enforcement agency.
Yes, for most cases you may appear earlier than your scheduled hearing date at the OATH Hearings Division location listed on the summons.
For summonses issued by DCA and TLC, you must appear on the scheduled hearing date.
If you are found guilty the Hearing Officer will assess points against your TLC license when required by law.