In New Jersey, the eviction moratorium was a lifesaver for many people whose health, income and overall life were negatively impacted by the events of the past 2 years. Now that society is returning to normal and the moratorium ended, people are still struggling.
That could be because they lost their jobs, their health is still limiting them or because of economic struggles in general. Cases are heading to court as people try to prevent being evicted. For renters who need protection from being evicted, it is important to remember there is help available.
Key points about evictions and the end of the moratorium
Now that the eviction moratorium has ended, there has been a resurgence in the practice. The process was delayed because of national challenges and courts are trying to catch up.
People with financial assistance are still dealing with the aftermath. Certain groups – such as those with low salaries – were shielded from eviction for unpaid rent between March 2020 and the end of 2021 if they filed a form. This prevented the general law that allowed landlords to evict tenants as soon as they failed to make a payment.
Experts say evictions are increasing and will continue to rise. There were more than 40,000 cases in which a landlord sought to evict a tenant in 2022. At the same time in 2021, there were just over 18,500 cases. By comparison, in the 5 months from January to May 2019, there were more than 60,000.
What tenants should know
Tenants have rights. Failure to pay rent is one of the main reasons people are currently facing the potential of being evicted. Still, there are rules. Once the tenant has paid the rent, the landlord cannot evict them. There can be charges for costs once a judge approves. The tenant can still be granted 3 days to pay the past due rent even if a judge agrees with the landlord and allows the eviction.
Having comprehensive assistance can be helpful to avoid eviction
Consulting with experienced professionals who can assist those with problems related to their living situation and landlord-tenant law can be key. A strategic approach that is understanding, creative and knows how to forge effective solutions can make the difference in reaching a desirable outcome. Tenants have rights even with the eviction moratorium having been lifted. For full protection, it is essential to seek guidance as soon as possible.