COVID-19 Updates for Rental Tenants and Landlords
In recent weeks, New Jersey has seen many updates and changes for both renters and landlords. These changes have been implemented to help keep people safe, afloat, and in their homes during COVID-19.
The eviction moratorium in New Jersey has been extended. Executive Order 106 was issued back in March and suspended evictions across the state. This means that no tenant can be locked out of or removed from their home as a result of an eviction proceeding, except in a few rare circumstances. The order has been extended through October 31.
During this moratorium, tenants do still need to pay rent, and missed payments may become back-rent. For more information on what happens if you miss rent payments, read here or here. If you are a tenant in need of rental assistance, you may qualify for Family Promise of Southern Ocean County’s Anchors to Stay Prevention Program. Reach out to us here/by phone at (609) 994-3317 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Prevention Program or other resources in our area.
Starting August 19th, small property owners of apartment buildings can apply for the Small Landlord Grant Program.
"To emerge stronger from this crisis, we need to make direct investments in our hardest hit neighborhoods and communities," said Governor Murphy. "Ensuring that responsible landlords can continue to maintain their properties and provide quality housing to our tenants is essential to our recovery. Through this program, we can also provide direct support to COVID-impacted renters by forgiving back-rent."
An impacted landlord can apply for aid out of a $25 million bucket, so long as they forgive back rent and fees that their tenants owe. Grant amounts will be based on lost income, as well as the number of rental units for low-income and moderate-income tenants. To see if they qualify, landlords are encouraged to visit nj.gov/dca/hmfa. Applications are open Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. through Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.
If you are a landlord in Ocean County with a vacancy, Family Promise of Southern Ocean County would like to partner with you! Under our new Prevention Program, we are partnering with landlords to provide housing for homeless families in our area. Reach out to us here/by phone at (609) 994-3317 or by email at email@example.com for more information.