Tenants Must Self-Certify for Eviction Prevention Under New Law

Posted on September 1, 2021

Notice to all Landlords and Tenants – New Law affects Tenant and Landlord Rights

On August 4, 2021, Governor Murphy signed a new law into place that winds down NJ’s eviction moratorium and provides critical protections to renter households who experienced economic hardship during the pandemic.  Please read below and take action today.

What does the new eviction and homelessness prevention law do?

NJ’s eviction protection is no longer automatic!  Tenants must take action to be protected from eviction.

The law’s eviction & removal protections are based on household income level.  The law also prohibits the reporting of rental arrears debt to credit agencies or debt collectors or to other landlords, imposes strict fines on landlords who report such debt, strictly prohibits the sale of civil debt related to rental arrears.

In order to ensure that your household benefits from these protections, you must complete the Income Self-Certification Form (“Form”).

You should complete the Form online https://covid19.nj.gov/renter as soon as possible. If you are not able to do so online, you may call 609-490-4550 for assistance.

For eviction actions not based on non-payment of rent (or failure to pay rent increase or for habitual late payment), the eviction moratorium was lifted on August 4, 2021.

For eviction actions based on non-payment of rent (or failure to pay rent increase or for habitual late payment) the eviction moratorium expires on August 31, 2021, except for those with certain self-certified income levels, for whom it expires on December 31, 2021. Tenants may also need to self-certify COVID-related hardship and declare that they’ve applied to rental assistance they might be eligible to receive in order to be protected from eviction through the end of the year.  Tenants can determine which income level they fall into and how they might be protected by submitting their household income self-certification.

What should tenants do?

In order to ensure that you’re protected, SELF-CERT TODAY!  Online at https://covid19.nj.gov/renter or by calling 609-490-4550 for assistance.  Tenants experiencing difficulty in paying rent should apply for rental assistance today here: https://njdca.onlinepha.com/.  If you need technical assistance or do not have internet access, please call (609) 490-4550 for help.

Source: NJDCA