New Jersey braces for rent due when health emergency ends

Federal CARES Act helped renters and owners early in the pandemic. Advocates and owners say Washington must send more help

The first of the month means rent is due, but thousands of residents are still struggling to pay their bills. Under a state moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 public-health crisis, renters can’t be kicked out of their homes, even if they miss a payment. But what happens when that rule expires? Will families find help if landlords don’t follow the rules?

Housing advocates and property owners say that 35,000 eviction notices have been filed in New Jersey and landlords are missing 15% to 30% of the rent owed. Correspondent Michael Hill reports.