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Rent Control

The City’s original Rent Control Ordinance was enacted in 1973 to help ensure that Newark residents and their neighbors have decent housing conditions and affordable rents. Over forty years later, the Ordinance is as important as ever. Newark is growing. And we must make sure that the growth benefits all of Newark, including you.

In January 2015, I moved the Rent Control Office to Room 110 in City Hall in order to make it more accessible to you. I have instructed the Office to make sure that residents have easy access to information about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities. And we have launched a new website so you can access this information wherever you are.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know. I need your help to make Newark a city we can all believe in!

Sincerely,

Ras J. Baraka, Mayor

Rent Increase Table

Divisions and Offices:

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1.The Rent Control Ordinance was amended on September 05, 2017. Please see Rent Control Certified Ordinance 6PSF-(a) 090517 (Click here)

2. Office of Rent Control Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ (Click Here)

3. Rent Registration Form – (Click here)

4. Rent Control Board Hearing Schedule for 2017

5. Rent Registration Database

Rent Increase

Until June 19, 2014, annual rent increases were capped at 4% for apartment complexes of 50 or more units; and 5% for apartment complexes of 49 units or less. Beginning June 20, 2014 permissible annual rent increases for a given month are shown in the table below. Landlords may increase rents as per the CPI-U percentage (%) published every month. For example, if your current lease ends on April 31, 2017, then your landlord will have notified you 30 days in advance in writing as required by law. For example, $1000 x 2.6% = $26.00. Then $1000 + $26 = New Rent = $1026.00

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FAQs

IF A TENANT’S RENT IS INCREASED MORE THAN THE CPI-U PERCENTAGE (%) ALLOWED, WHAT SHOULD HE/SHE DO?

File a petition with Rent Control for an adjustment in his/her rent.

HOW MUCH CAN A LANDLORD INCREASE RENT EVERY YEAR?

Until June 19, 2014, annual rent increases were capped at 4% for apartment complexes of 50 or more units; and 5% for apartment complexes of 49 units or less. Beginning June 20, 2014 permissible annual rent increases for a given month are shown in the table below. Landlords may increase rents as per the CPI-U percentage (%) published every month. For example, if your current lease ends on April 31, 2017, then your landlord will have notified you 30 days in advance in writing (required by law) on April 1, 2017 indicating that you will receive an increase on May 1st using May’s Percentage 2.6%. For example, $1000 x 2.6% = $26.00. Then $1000 + $26 = New Rent = $1026.00

ARE ALL DWELLINGS IN THE CITY OF NEWARK UNDER RENT CONTROL?

A. No. All Public Housing, and existing owner-occupied 1-4 family dwellings are exempt from Rent Control but are still required to register annually.

B. All newly constructed dwellings of four or more units can be exempt from Rent Control for 30 years, as per State statue; however, the Landlord/Owner must apply for a certificate of exemption prior to occupancy in order to authenticate their exemption status.

C. Substantially rehabilitated dwellings can be exempt for five years (if they were previously vacant for 18 months) or one year (initial rent) if occupied, and if the cost of rehabilitation exceeds 50% of the dwelling’s value. (Note: landlord must apply for and receive a certificate of exemption from the Rent Control Board).

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