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McKnight, Schepisi & Wimberly Bill to Place Moratorium on Eviction and Foreclosure Proceedings During Public Health Emergencies Now Law

Assembly Acts on Multiple Bills to Stem the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on New Jersey

Helping families stay in their homes during times of crisis such as the current public health emergency, a measure prohibiting residential tenant eviction and eviction due to residential foreclosure during certain emergency circumstances was signed in to law by the Governor on Thursday

The General Assembly recently approved the legislation, 60-0-5.

The bill (A-3859) would provide that, whenever a public health emergency or State of Emergency, or both the Governor may issue an executive order to declare that a lessee, tenant, homeowner or any other person would not be removed from a residential property as the result of an eviction or foreclosure proceeding. The executive order would remain in effect for no longer than two months following the end of the Public Health Emergency or State of Emergency.

Assemblywomen Angela McKnight (D-Hudson) and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statements on the bill:

“It is unsettling to think a family could be evicted or asked to leave their home due to foreclosure proceedings at this time. We must do everything we can to keep families safe and in a home until we get to the other side of this public health crisis. We will get through this New Jersey.”

          Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-Union):

“This pandemic could have a serious impact on how many of our residents make a living,” said Schepisi. “Losing income because you are recovering from this illness or staying home because your child’s school is closed should not cost you your home.  Together, we will get through this public health crisis.”