Camden, N.J. – In March 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 106, protecting tenants in rental properties and homeowners facing foreclosure from being removed from their homes as a result of COVID-19. As of July 25, the eviction moratorium is still in effect.
“What the eviction moratorium means is that tenants who can’t pay their rent or mortgage due to COVID-19 can’t be locked out or forcibly removed from their properties unless their behavior is violent or is considered a threat to other tenants or determined to be in the interest of justice,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “We understand this is an extremely stressful situation that many Camden County residents might be placed in and want everyone to understand their rights during this time.”
Under the same Executive Order, homeowners also cannot be removed due to a foreclosure proceeding or a sheriff’s sale of a property. The moratorium will stay in effect until 60 days after the Governor declares an end to the state’s health emergency.
Eviction or foreclosure proceedings that were already in motion before the March 19 Executive Order or do not have to do with inability to pay rent due to the public health crisis are beginning to resume.
While Governor Murphy’s executive order makes it clear that evictions are not to proceed during the pandemic, there are limited circumstances in which an eviction can occur if the courts determine it is in the interest of justice.
If you’re a tenant unable to pay rent and are being given an imminent eviction date, please call your local police department who can respond.
To learn more about current evictions, visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub.