Were it not for an eviction moratorium imposed by the state during the pandemic, many renters in New Jersey would be facing homelessness. The court system saw more than 62,000 landlord-tenant filings between March 2020 and February 2021. The number anticipated for 2022? 194,000.
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the state Supreme Court established a committee, made up of court officials, advocates for tenants and landlords and nonprofits with the mission of finding a way for the system to manage the coming tsunami. The committee issued a 69-page report that examined the many aspects of the pending crisis.