Residential Evictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Residential Evictions During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the face of widespread unemployment and financial insecurity, Federal and State governments took measures to prevent evictions. These measures effectively upended traditional residential eviction laws and processes, leaving landlords all over New Jersey and the Country to absorb the cost of missed rent payments without immediate recourse.  

On March 19, 2020, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy enacted Executive Order 106. This order prevents the Courts from hearing eviction matters in most cases. However, tenants will still accumulate back rent and will owe this rent to their landlords at the end of the Executive Order. 

On April 24, 2020, Executive Order 128 was enacted, allowing tenants to request in writing that landlords apply their security deposits to back rent and the landlord must accept it. A landlord may only request a new security deposit upon a new lease or renewal.

The Federal government has also taken steps to prevent evictions. The CDC issued an order that prevents eviction proceedings for some residential tenants. This measure will last until at least December 30, 2020. The federal ban on evictions is less restrictive than NJ rules, but NJ Landlords must comply with both. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, evictions could be complicated, emotional, and strenuous for landlords. Now residential evictions have become more complicated, more expensive, and more worrisome. The best way to gain a firm grasp over these issues and to protect your rights is to enlist the help of an experienced attorney. 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.

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