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Rent Control

The office of Rent Control assists landlords and tenants in understating the impact the Municipal Rent Control Ordinance of the City of Newark, may have on their properties and apartments.Technical assistance is provided on a wide variety of rental issues which cover such matters as: which apartments are subject to local rent control laws; what is the legal base rent; what rent increases the law permits; tax surcharges;water/sewer surcharges; major new improvement surcharges; hardship increases;and annual registration requirements. Files on all residential properties are maintained for public inspection if owners and/or tenants have questions regarding a particular property.

WHAT WE DO AND DON’T DO

The Newark Rent Ordinance regulates rents for certain residential rental units in Newark, New Jersey. There is no commercial rent control in Newark.

The Rent Control Board’s primary function is to conduct hearings and mediation of tenant and landlord petitions regarding the adjustment of rents under the City’s rent control laws.

The Rent Control Board cannot arbitrate matters that are not part of the Title 19,Chapter 2, Rent Control Regulations, Rent Control Board, of the Revised General Ordinances of the City of Newark. For example, we do not have jurisdiction to adjudicate alleged breaches of a rental agreement, which must be decided in court. The Rent Control Board also cannot hear cases concerning issues of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, as such matters are outside of our jurisdiction. Please contact the Department of Community Affairs regarding these issues.

The Rent Control Board provides counseling information on subjects that are covered by the Rent Ordinance ONLY.Please understand that our staff CANNOT give legal advice and they are instructed to let you know when your question is one that should properly be answered by a lawyer.

While we cannot refer you to individual attorneys, our staff will be glad to direct you to the appropriate resources for advice and assistance. A list of these resources is available through the referral listing on our website. Please note that you do not need a lawyer to file a petition at the Rent Control Office.

Due to high demand and a limited number of staff, there can sometimes be delays in speaking with a representative. It is helpful if you have your questions written down before you speak with a representative.

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.Executive Order MEO-20-0004- (Click here)

4. Rent Registration Form – (Click here)

5. Rent Control Board Hearing Schedule for 2021 (Click Here)

ATTENTION TENANTS & LANDLORDS

The rents for any housing space shall not be increased more than the percentages stated below in any consecutive twelve (12) month period irrespective of the number of different tenants occupying the housing space during the twelve (12) month period, any change of ownership of the Landlord or vacancy of the housing space. This provision does not preclude a tenant from challenging the legality of the rent being charged immediately prior to an increase authorized by the Rent Control Ordinance.

For example, if the legal base rent is currently $1000.00 the rent is increased in January 2015 the permissible rent increase is = 1.3%-- or [$1000 x 1.3% =$13]. Rent cannot be raised if the apartment is not currently registered with the Office of Rent Control.

On May 13, 2020, Mayor Ras J. Baraka signed Executive Order MEO-20-0004 declaring a moratorium on all rent increases for rent controlled units. This order temporary suspends rent increases, preventing any increase in rent on properties covered by the Rent Control Ordinance and shall remain in effect throughout the state of emergency and until no later than two (2) month thereafter. The moratorium is retroactive to April 1, 2020. ***Executive Order 210 has extended the Public Health Emergency to January 20, 2021. This means the rent increase moratorium will (conservatively) expire no sooner than March 20, 2021, unless the Governor lifts it sooner or extends the Public Health Emergency.

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