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I have questions about renting an affordable apartment and landlords.

Below is some specific information about renting an affordable home:

  1. Annual Rental Increases: The State of New Jersey permits the landlord to increase rents by a small percentage annually at the time of lease renewal.  CGP&H will provide the landlord with the percentage rental increase.
  2. Additional Fees:The landlord may not charge any required fees in addition to the affordable rent approved by CGP&H.  The landlord may charge optional fees to tenants.  However, the landlord is not permitted to charge affordable tenants these fees and waive them for market units.  For example, if parking is included in the rent for market units, the landlord cannot charge affordable tenants for parking.  Example of optional fees include:
  • Optional parking fee;
  • Optional amenity fee;
  • Optional pet fee; and
  • Optional month-to-month lease fee.
  1. Rental Insurance: The landlord may require that all renters purchase rental insurance.  The rental insurance cost is not considered a required fee in addition to the affordable rent.
  2. Certificate of Occupancy Fee: The landlord may not require tenants to pay certificate of occupancy fees charged by the municipality. 
  3. Landlord Tenant Selection Criteria:  The landlord may set tenant selection criteria and screen applicants on criteria such as credit score and criminal history.   Tenant selection criteria must comply with all New Jersey Landlord Tenant laws and the Federal Fair Housing Act. The tenant selection criteria must be applied uniformly to all applicants and the landlord cannot impose stricter criteria on affordable tenants than market rate tenants. 
  4. Equal Housing Opportunity: The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination requires equal treatment in the sale or rental of housing regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental and physical disability, nationality, or source of lawful income N.J.S.A. 10:5-12 (g) (h).​  If you think you have been discriminated against, information about how to report it is available on this website: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/home/fairhousing/act.html.  You can file a complaint here:  https://bias.njcivilrights.gov/en-US/.
  5. Section 8:  It is illegal for a landlord to refuse to accept Section 8 as a method of rental payment.  
  6. New Jersey Landlord Tenant Rules: Affordable rental units are governed by New Jersey landlord tenant rules.  Truth in Renting is an excellent resource that will answer many questions about landlord tenant laws in New Jersey.  
  7. Annual Requirements: New Jersey's Uniform Housing and Affordability Controls (UHAC) do not require that tenants be income certified annually.  The rules do require that a copy of the current lease be provided to the Administrative Agent.  More information is provided in this article