Tenant Rights

Hoboken's approval of Willow Street project violates low-income housing requirements, lawsuit alleges

Fair Share Housing Center has filed a suit charging the Zoning Board and Advance at Hoboken LLC, the developer of a planned 140-unit housing development at 1300 Willow St., with failing to comply with fair housing regulations.

The center, which was created in 1975 to ensure fair housing in New Jersey, filed suit challenging the approval and seeking compliance with Hoboken’s ordinance on housing for lower-income households.

The suit was filed in Hudson County Superior Court on July 6.

Fair Share Housing Center Associate Director Kevin Walsh said 10 percent of new housing in the city is required to be available for lower-income families, but the rule is not being enforced in new developments.

New Jersey Foreclosure Fairness Act Offers Protections for Residential Tenants

The New Jersey Foreclosure Fairness Act, P.L. 2009, c.296, was signed into law on January 17, 2010 and provides protection to renters living in residential properties.

Residential tenants in New Jersey cannot be evicted solely because the property where they live is in foreclosure or has been foreclosed.

In general, New Jersey law protects tenants against eviction from their homes so long as they:

  • pay the rent,
  • respect the peace and quiet of their neighbors,
  • avoid willful or grossly negligent damage to the property, and
  • obey the reasonable rules theyhave agreed to in writing.