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Landlord Legislation in New Jersey

Below is a list of laws for landlords in New Jersey. New resources, bills and articles are updated daily. You can also type in a Bill Number or Keyword in the search bar to find additional details on laws.

NJ S114 Prohibits landlords from requiring rent to be paid by certain means of payment or at any off-site location.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Prohibits landlords from requiring rent to be paid by certain means of payment or at any off-site location.
Sponsors
Nia Gill
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s114/

NJ AR207 Encourages Congress and President to enact stimulus legislation to address the emerging housing crisis.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Encourages Congress and President to enact stimulus legislation to address the emerging housing crisis.
Sponsors
Benjie Wimberly Herbert Conaway Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Mila Jasey
Last Action
Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-ar207/

NJ S889 Prohibits landlords from accepting certain housing assistance from other states.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Prohibits landlords from accepting certain housing assistance from other states.
Sponsors
Joseph Cryan Nicholas Scutari Thomas Kean
Last Action
Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s889/

NJ A866 “Immigrant Tenant Protection Act.”

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
"Immigrant Tenant Protection Act."
Sponsors
Nicholas Chiaravalloti Angela Mcknight
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a866/

NJ A1742 Clarifies and expands landlord registration procedures; creates certain rights for tenants; makes certain changes concerning tenant notifications, inspections, and maintenance in multiple dwellings; permits percentage of affordable housing obligation to be satisfied by certain rehabilitation projects.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Clarifies and expands landlord registration procedures; creates certain rights for tenants; makes certain changes concerning tenant notifications, inspections, and maintenance in multiple dwellings; permits percentage of affordable housing obligation to be satisfied by certain rehabilitation projects.
Sponsors
Angela Mcknight Annette Quijano Annette Chaparro Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Britnee Timberlake
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a1742/

NJ S538 Codifies and enhances use of breach of implied warranty of habitability as defense to certain eviction actions.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Codifies and enhances use of breach of implied warranty of habitability as defense to certain eviction actions.
Sponsors
Richard Codey Ronald Rice Nilsa Cruz-Perez
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s538/

NJ A1901 Establishes “New Jersey Eviction Crisis Task Force.”

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes "New Jersey Eviction Crisis Task Force."
Sponsors
Benjie Wimberly Shanique Speight Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Angela Mcknight Cleopatra Tucker Britnee Timberlake Herbert Conaway Mila Jasey
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a1901/

NJ S422 Establishes standards for expiration of rental housing affordability controls.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes standards for expiration of rental housing affordability controls.
Sponsors
Shirley Turner Brian Stack
Last Action
Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s422/

NJ S3357 Addresses certain landlord expenses in response to COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $350 million.*

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Addresses certain landlord expenses in response to COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $350 million.*
Sponsors
Brian Stack Shirley Turner Steven Oroho Michael Testa Nicholas Sacco Fred Madden
Last Action
Senate Amendment (24-0) (Stack)
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s3357/

NJ A869 Requires residential landlords to equip steam radiators with protective covers.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Requires residential landlords to equip steam radiators with protective covers.
Sponsors
Nicholas Chiaravalloti
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a869/

NJ S2341 Authorizes Governor to restrict rent increases on certain commercial tenants during emergency circumstances; enhances similar existing authority over rent increases on residential tenants.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Authorizes Governor to restrict rent increases on certain commercial tenants during emergency circumstances; enhances similar existing authority over rent increases on residential tenants.
Sponsors
Joseph Vitale Samuel Thompson Linda Greenstein Nicholas Scutari Dawn Addiego Troy Singleton
Last Action
Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s2341/

NJ S3691 Provides financial relief to certain landlords and tenants in response to COVID-19 pandemic; and making appropriations.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Provides financial relief to certain landlords and tenants in response to COVID-19 pandemic; and making appropriations.
Sponsors
Brian Stack Ronald Rice Teresa Ruiz Patrick Diegnan
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s3691/

NJ A3528 Prohibits landlord from considering certain actions in tenant screening; clarifies that rent receivership action does not require rent deposit and may be based on implied warranty of habitability.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Prohibits landlord from considering certain actions in tenant screening; clarifies that rent receivership action does not require rent deposit and may be based on implied warranty of habitability.
Sponsors
Raj Mukherji
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a3528/

NJ A545 Criminalizes owner or landlord knowingly renting dwelling to tenant that is illegal occupancy which causes serious bodily injury to or death of another person.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Criminalizes owner or landlord knowingly renting dwelling to tenant that is illegal occupancy which causes serious bodily injury to or death of another person.
Sponsors
Angelica Jimenez Annette Chaparro Robert Auth Cleopatra Tucker Thomas Giblin Linda Carter
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a545/

NJ A4617 Addresses certain landlord expenses in response to COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $300 million.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Addresses certain landlord expenses in response to COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $300 million.
Sponsors
John Burzichelli Benjie Wimberly Annette Chaparro Joe Danielsen William Spearman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Holly Schepisi Robert Clifton Eliana Marin
Last Action
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a4617/

NJ A490 Permits landlords to take actions after death of tenant in certain situations.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Permits landlords to take actions after death of tenant in certain situations.
Sponsors
Jay Webber Jamel Holley Annette Chaparro
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a490/

NJ A3593 Requires landlords to provide tenants with certain notice concerning conditions that may cause damage or hazards on rental property.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Requires landlords to provide tenants with certain notice concerning conditions that may cause damage or hazards on rental property.
Sponsors
Britnee Timberlake Angela Mcknight Valerie Huttle Mila Jasey Shanique Speight Annette Quijano Roy Freiman
Last Action
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a3593/

NJ A1914 Allows certain senior citizens to apply for rent increase limit.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Allows certain senior citizens to apply for rent increase limit.
Sponsors
Benjie Wimberly Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Valerie Huttle Jamel Holley Carol Murphy Gordon Johnson
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a1914/

NJ A3179 Revises definition of “landlord” to include rooming and boarding house owners and operators with regard to ordinances holding landlords to certain standards of responsibility.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Revises definition of "landlord" to include rooming and boarding house owners and operators with regard to ordinances holding landlords to certain standards of responsibility.
Sponsors
John Burzichelli Harold Wirths Parker Space
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a3179/

NJ A1646 Establishes “Security Deposit Assistance Pilot Program” in Passaic, Union, Essex, Hudson, Gloucester, Atlantic, Camden, and Mercer counties, appropriates $400,000.*

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes "Security Deposit Assistance Pilot Program" in Passaic, Union, Essex, Hudson, Gloucester, Atlantic, Camden, and Mercer counties, appropriates $400,000.*
Sponsors
Annette Quijano Annette Chaparro Jamel Holley Benjie Wimberly Raj Mukherji Pedro Mejia Shanique Speight William Moen
Last Action
Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a1646/

NJ A3948 Concerns mortgage and loan forbearance, rent suspension, and consumer reporting during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerns mortgage and loan forbearance, rent suspension, and consumer reporting during coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
Sponsors
Britnee Timberlake Angela Mcknight Shanique Speight Benjie Wimberly Daniel Benson Ralph Caputo Thomas Giblin Linda Carter
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a3948/

NJ S399 Requires residential landlords to equip steam radiators with protective covers.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Requires residential landlords to equip steam radiators with protective covers.
Sponsors
Joseph Lagana Loretta Weinberg Brian Stack Shirley Turner Sandra Cunningham
Last Action
Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s399/

NJ A3981 Permits dogs as service and emotional support animals at State veterans’ residential facilities.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Permits dogs as service and emotional support animals at State veterans' residential facilities.
Sponsors
Aura Dunn Robert Karabinchak Cleopatra Tucker Joe Danielsen Carol Murphy Ronald Dancer DiAnne Gove Brian Rumpf Daniel Benson Serena DiMaso
Last Action
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a3981/

NJ A4034 Authorizes Governor to permit mortgage forbearance and rent payment Provides mortgage payment relief, consumer reporting protection, and eviction protection for resident property owners, tenants and other consumers, economically impacted during time of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.*

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Authorizes Governor to permit mortgage forbearance and rent payment Provides mortgage payment relief, consumer reporting protection, and eviction protection for resident property owners, tenants and other consumers, economically impacted during time of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.*
Sponsors
Britnee Timberlake Benjie Wimberly Angela Mcknight Shanique Speight Thomas Giblin Joe Danielsen Andrew Zwicker William Moen Yvonne Lopez Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Mila Jasey Raj Mukherji John McKeon Valerie Huttle Carol Murphy Pedro Mejia Angelica Jimenez Linda Carter Annette Chaparro Daniel Benson Gabriela Mosquera Roy Freiman Adam Taliaferro Shavonda Sumter Cleopatra Tucker Ralph Caputo Jamel Holley
Last Action
Substituted by S2340 (2R)
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a4034/

NJ S1668 Provides rental and lease protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Provides rental and lease protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Sponsors
Linda Greenstein
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s1668/

Must-Know New Jersey Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

New Jersey Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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What to Know Before Creating an LLC for a Rental Property

Interested in joining the more than 11 million real estate investors making money off rental properties? It’s a form of potentially passive income with great appeal, but like any investment, it also comes with potential risks. One way to mitigate risk is by setting up a business that would own the property rather than buying it in your own name. Creating an LLC for a rental property can help manage income, taxes, and liability for your rental business. If you’ve been wondering,

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