Eviction Protection Program

Protect Yourself from Eviction!

New Jersey households protect yourself from eviction by self-certifying.  Call us at 1-888-654-3893 or email us at evictionprevention@njcitizenaction.org for assistance.

Important:

  • New Statewide eviction protections for those who faced hardships during the pandemic!
  • Act now! Protection is not automatic
  • You must complete an Income Self-Certification for eviction protection
  • Protection offered regardless of immigration status

If you are facing eviction from your home, New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund can help.

NJCAEF provides a combination of education, outreach, and direct assistance to help those facing eviction. The Eviction Protection Program offers assistance to both renters and landlords for:

Background  

On August 4, 2021, Governor Murphy signed into law PL 2021 c 188 that affects tenants and landlords. The new law provides critical protections to renter households who experienced economic hardship during the pandemic.

The new law provides protections at different household income levels and also restricts landlord from reporting past due rent or debt owed during the pandemic to credit agencies, debt collection agencies and other landlords. It also strongly limits the sale or transfer of civil debt.

The Eviction Prevention Program is an extension of the CVERAP II designed to provide relief to landlords who have suffered deep economic losses through no fault of their tenants or themselves, and, simultaneously, make efforts to assist tenants who need help as a result of this crisis. In order to ensure New Jersey households benefit from these protections, renters must complete the Income Self-Certification Form.

NJCAEF has a dedicated team who will assist tenants and landlords with completing the required Income Self-Certification form and provide comprehensive rental counseling. We will be conducting free Eviction Prevention webinars, workshops, and attend outreach events in coordination with local community organizations to educate tenants and landlords about the new eviction prevention protections. If you have questions regarding the new eviction prevention protections or are an organization looking to book a free, please reach out to us at  evictionprevention@njcitizenaction.org  or call us at toll-free at 1-888-654-3893

Legal Protections and Action
In addition to eviction protections described above, New Jersey law protects renters in a number of other ways:

  • Landlords who are receiving rental assistance must waive any late fees accrued by tenants during the special protections period.
  • Landlords may not report delayed rent to crediting agencies and they cannot sell the debt.
  • Landlords may not disclose non-payment of rent to others and prospective landlords may not deny renting to a person who wasn’t able to pay rent during the covered period of March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.
  • Landlords must accept all sources of lawful income as rent payment, including rental assistance such as CVERAP.

If you are a tenant, you can file a special civil case as an emergent matter if 1) you have been locked out by your landlord without a court order; 2) you have had your utilities turned off or otherwise not able to live in your rental home; or 3) you need access to your personal property and/or have had your personal property taken by your landlord.

Use the Illegal Lockout packet and email it to the emergent filing mailbox for your county (click here for a directory). Your local court ombudsman is available to answer any questions you might have.

You can also access free legal assistance through Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ). Learn more by visiting their site, or get advice, referrals, and information through their hotline by calling 1-888-LSNJ-LAW (1-888-576-5529) or by visiting www.LSNJLawHotline.org.

Additional Housing Assistance

Visit www.nj.gov/dca/dcaid to see if you are eligible for any of the state’s housing assistance programs. These include temporary assistance to households who are being evicted due to a short- term loss of income and temporary financial assistance to help pay for housing and case management and services to maintain housing. There are also programs available to help veterans, low-income families, the elderly, single-parents, and more.