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Following the New Jersey Eviction Moratorium

Last updated on Thursday, July 29, 2021

When does the eviction moratorium end in New Jersey?

Eviction Moratorium End Date:

Confirmed end date (unless extended):

December 30, 2021

Pending end date for some (not in effect yet):

August 31, 2021

On Governor Murphy’s desk is legislature S3691/A5685, waiting for his signature. In this Bill (granted it isn’t amended before signature), the Eviction Moratorium comes to an end for some on August 31, 2021.

Tenants whose household income is above 80% of their county’s median income will no longer be protected by the moratorium.

The Eviction Moratorium will continue through December 31, 2021 for all tenants whose household income is below 80% of their county’s median income.

Will the eviction moratorium be extended?  We aren’t sure yet.

The Latest Updates that Landlords Need to Know

July 23, 2021

eviction moratorium ruled unlawful

What does this mean for landlords?  As of right now, this doesn’t really mean anything.

On July 23, a federal court ruled that the CDC overstepped its authority when it implemented the federal eviction moratorium.  Since the federal eviction moratorium ends July 30, 2021, there is really nothing to do about this ruling that will affect landlords.

The New Jersey eviction moratorium is still in effect through the end of 2021.

July 2, 2021

moving forward with evictions

Courts across New Jersey are scheduling mandatory settlement conferences for landlord tenant cases.

The idea is to implement payment plans before proceeding with the eviction process in court.

Case priority goes to the oldest pending cases with the most unpaid rent and newly filed cases where more than 12 months’ rent is due and owed.

Notices by the court have already started being sent by mail – be on the look out for yours.

What does this mean for Landlords?

If you have a tenant who owes over 12 months’s rent and have not filed eviction, now may be the time to do so.

If you already have a case pending and are called to appear before the court for a settlement conference, don’t miss your conference date. If the Landlord does not appear, their case will be dismissed.

No later than five days prior to your conference date, make sure to submit the lease, ledger and landlord registration (if applicable), and be ready with proof to move the process along as quick as possible.

Every county may enforce the Court order within their discretion and as such it may differ from County to County.

For example, Gloucester county is allowing for exhibits to be provided no later than 3 days prior to the settlement conference date, instead of 5.

What will happen during the settlement conference?

If both parties appear...

The settlor will assist the Landlord and Tenant on working out an agreement in writing.

However, if no settlement is reached, a Proof Hearing will be scheduled.

If the tenant does not show up

Default/Judgement of Possession will be entered by the clerk.

If the Landlord is prepared, then a Proof Hearing will be held by the court that same day.

If the Landlord is not prepared, the court will schedule a Proof Hearing within 10 days of the original settlement conference date.

At the Proof Hearing...

Should the Landlord prove its allegations, Default Judgement will be entered.

However, a lockout cannot take place until January 1, 2021, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 106.

Do you have a tenant not paying rent?  Or maybe multiple?

Stay connected with us to receive the latest updates on the New Jersey eviction moratorium.

Stay up to date on the eviction moratorium

Resources for Landlords and Tenants

New Jersey Courts

Housing and legal assistance during COVID-19 for landlords and tenants

Nationwide Rental Assistance Finder

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) designed this tool to help renters and housing providers find their local program

Do you have a tenant not paying rent?  Or maybe multiple?

Stay connected with us to receive the latest updates on the New Jersey eviction moratorium.

Stay up to date on the eviction moratorium

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