A brief overview on the eFiling process for cases within the Housing Court Department.
Guide eFiling in the Housing Court
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Overview of the eFiling Process
To initiate the filing process, the filer will need to register (e.g. provide contact information) and set up a payment account in Tyler. Next, the filer must input the case information (e.g. location: Housing Court Division, Category: Small Claims, Summary Process, Case Type: SP- Cause, No Cause, Foreclosure, Non-Payment). Then add a party type (e.g. required Parties like Plaintiff/Defendant or Petitioner/Respondent, Contact information, any additional parties other than required). After filling out the parties’ information, the filer must upload their documents and choose the appropriate filing codes. After uploading the documents for the case, the filer will need to submit payment. The final step is for the filer to review and verify the info prior to submission. Once submitted an envelope number will be assigned and the filer will receive notice if the envelope has been approved or rejected by the Housing Court.
News and Updates regarding eFiling
Effective as of April 20th, pursuant to Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020 and Housing Court Standing Order 5-20, the Housing Court will not accept and docket any filing(s), decisions, orders, and other documents for non-essential summary process (eviction) cases, or schedule any events in such a matter, including summary process trials, until such moratorium is lifted.
Please note that pursuant to Housing Court Standing Order 1-20, eFiling remains mandatory for all attorneys filing summary process or small claims actions in the Housing Court. However, pursuant to Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020 and the Housing Court Standing Order 5-20, the Housing Court will only process Summary Process Cause matters. For all new and subsequent Summary Process Cause case filings, the filer must submit an “Affidavit of Cause” with their filing. This Affidavit can be found under our Additional Resources.
For more questions regarding changes to the Housing Court operations due to COVID-19, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Who can eFile with the Housing Court?
Electronic filing can be done by anyone who has access to a computer and the internet. Individuals such as self-represented litigants and attorneys, businesses like legal aid services, state agencies, law firms, etc. Paper filing with the Housing Court will still be available, however effective January 27th, 2020, all attorneys are required to eFile (Summary Process and Small Claims Case Types) only.
Additional Resources for Who can eFile with the Housing Court?
Which Cases can be eFiled with the Housing Court?
Currently Summary Process, Small Claims and Supplementary Process cases can be electronically filed with the Housing Court department. Criminal and Civil Cases are not yet available to eFile.
How to eFile with the Housing Court
In order to eFile with the Housing Court, the filer will need to register for an account on Tyler (www.efilema.com). After completing the registration portion, the filer will need to scan the required documents for filing either a Summary Process, Small Claims or Supplementary Process case. Please refer to the Guide on How to eFile at the Housing Court on what correspondences will need to be submitted in the entry package, in order for the envelope to be approved. Follow the guide for a step-by-step instruction on how to complete the entry package and submitting it to the Housing Court in Tyler.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some common reasons that an envelope may be rejected?
Some common reasons may include, but are not limited to, untimely filings, lack of jurisdiction (e.g. filed in the wrong division), and an incomplete submission. If rejected by the Court, the filer may refile the case after necessary corrections are made based on the reviewer’s comments.
What documents do I need to submit in order to be approved for a payment waiver?
If the filer chooses the waiver option for payment, then the Affidavit of Indigency must be included with the initial entry package. The Court reviewer will determine your eligibility for the waiver.
What method of payment can be used to eFile in Tyler?
Currently Tyler accepts eCheck and Credit Card; Discover, MasterCard and Visa. American Express is not yet available.
What are the current associated fees in Tyler?
Effective June 1, 2020, the eFile Provider Fee has been updated to $22.00 for each new eFiled case (a one-time charge, paid on the initial eFiled envelope). For any existing case, there will be no additional $6.00 eFile Fee applied for submitting an envelope.
The filer must continue to pay the standard Court Fee required for initiating the case with the Housing Court, as well as the Payment Service Fee on the eFiled submission ($0.25 per eCheck/ACH, or 2.89% for Credit Card).
When is the cut off time to submit an eFile envelope?
The cut off time to submit an eFile envelope is 11:59pm of each day.
What is the maximum size for a document that can be uploaded in to Tyler?
The maximum size is 25MB.
What type of files can I submit through Tyler?
Only PDFs can be uploaded through Tyler.
Submit Feedback on eFiling with the Housing Court
The Housing Court Department would like to hear from our eFiling users. Please complete our survey here: Submit Feedback on eFiling with the Housing Court. All responses will be received by the Administrative Office of the Housing Court and are confidential. The feedback you provide will help our Department improve eFiling for current and future case types.
- Affidavit for Cause as it relates to Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020
- Step-by-Step Video Guide on eFiling in the Housing Court
- Guide on How to eFile at the Housing Court
- Housing Court Standing Order 1-20: Implementation of mandatory electronic filing for attorneys in summary process and small claims cases in the Housing Court Department