What do I do if my landlord wants to evict me?

On March 19, 2020 New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy issued Executive Order 106, which immediately suspends evictions throughout the state. This is called an “eviction moratorium,” and means that no tenant may be removed from his or her home as a result of an eviction proceeding, with rare exceptions for cases such as when a tenant is violent or endangering other tenants.

The eviction moratorium does not halt court proceedings; instead, it prevents lockouts and removals. The New Jersey Supreme Court controls court proceedings related to eviction and has suspended all eviction proceedings for now. This means that your landlord cannot take you to court at this time, but they will be able to once the courts reopen.

The eviction moratorium will last until two months after Governor Murphy declares an end to the COVID-19 health crisis, unless the Governor issues another Executive Order to end it sooner. Local officials will then resume removing tenants who are subject to final court orders of eviction.

If your landlord is trying to force you from your home, please:

  1. If the removal is imminent, call the police.
  2. If the removal is not imminent, please read the Truth in Renting Guide for more information on legal remedies.

NJ Eviction Mortarium Information

HED has partnerships with organizations that can assist tenants and landlords if any landlord/tenant issues or disputes arise in an effort to keep renters housed. Services will include education regarding applicable landlord/tenant law and conciliation and mediation services.

Legal Services

Central Jersey Legal Services
198 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (609) 695-6249
Fax: (609) 392-7952
Website: https://www.lsnj.org/cjls/index.htm 

Community Health Law Project
225 East State Street, Suite 5
Trenton, NJ 08608
Phone: (609) 392-5553
Fax/TTY: (609) 392-5369
E-mail: Trenton@chlp.org
Website: http://www.chlp.org/

Homelessness Prevention

1880 Princeton Avenue
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 989-9417

Arm In Arm
123 East Hanover Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 396-9355

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
132 North Warren Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
(609) 394-8847

Village Resources
200 Mott Street
Trenton, NJ 08753

City of Trenton Community Relations and Social Services
218 North Broad Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
(609) 989-3303

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