This moratorium has been updated, learn more about this update here.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues into the new year, many tenants are again unable to pay rent to their landlords. In response, the New Jersey state government extended the moratorium on residential evictions to prevent landlords from evicting their tenants.
On December 21, 2020, Governor Murphy passed Executive Order 210, effectively extending relief to tenants adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic until March 21, 2021. Executive Order 210 allows tenants to remain in their homes and avoid being vacated from the property. However, landlords are still able to file an eviction in court. Additionally, the New Jersey moratorium does not apply to tenants that act violently or to those endangering other tenants.
Tenants should still attempt to pay rent to avoid eviction after the moratorium expires. Furthermore, an eviction initiated in court may adversely affect a renter’s credit if future landlords conduct a background check.
Emergency assistance is also available for families struggling to pay their rent through the new federal stimulus bill. Although it is unknown how much of the $25 billion would be allocated to New Jersey, funds will go towards rent and utility payments for families financially impacted by COVID-19.
State and local governments may also provide emergency housing relief. For example, the New Jersey government allows renters to use their security deposits to help pay rent. However, tenants must make another deposit within six months after the end of the public health emergency, or if a lease is extended or renewed, whichever is later.
With federal, state, and local responses constantly changing as COVID-19 continues to damage millions of Americans’ livelihoods, landlord-tenant rights become increasingly complicated. An experienced attorney should be contacted to better navigate the web of legal issues and to understand your rights. Your situation may qualify for an expedited hearing. Our experienced attorneys can help protect your financial and property rights today.
Give our experienced litigation attorneys a call at 732-490-1777 to ensure that your rights are protected.