The Emergency Rental Assistance Program monies will be used to cover past-due rent for up to twelve (12) months and up to three (3) months of prospective rent, as determined on a case-by-case basis. This time around, landlords will be able to pre-register to expedite the processing of tenant applications.
Tenants can receive application assistance via phone or in person at chosen community-based groups located around the city. The following are the current locations:
To be eligible, you and/or your household must meet the following criteria:
As a landlord, you are an integral element of the ERAP and are encouraged to engage actively in order to be considered for funding. Landlords must register with the program in order to engage as a vendor and receive payments directly on behalf of their authorized tenants.
Tenants may receive direct payments if their landlord is unresponsive or refuses to take payment. Landlords who fail to register or accept rental assistance payments following the filing of nonpayment of rent eviction case against a tenant face a $500 fine per incident.
*46:8-49.3. Acceptance of rent payments made within three business days after commencement of eviction action for nonpayment of rent; receipt; fee recovery; penalty
a. A landlord shall accept rent payments made within the three-business-day period specified in subsection a. of section 1 of [NJSA 2A:42-10.16a], whether in cash, certified check, or money order, or on behalf of the tenant through any federal, state, or local rental assistance program or bona fide charitable organization. A landlord shall cooperate with any federal, state, or municipal rental assistance program or bona fide charitable organization that has agreed to pay rent that is past due. If a landlord fails to react to a tenant’s efforts to settle a late payment issue through a third party, the tenant may seek redress by requesting a showing cause order.
d. A landlord who violates any provision of [NJSA 2A:42-10.16a, referenced above] is subject to a fine of not more than $500 for each violation. The penalty shall be collected and enforced in a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to the “Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999,” P.L.1999, c. 274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).
How do I enroll in ERAP?
Landlords with properties in the City of Newark can now pre-register online.
Registration enables the system to match tenants and landlords and allows landlords to view the progress of tenant applications. If a landlord is not already registered, he or she will receive an invitation to register when a renter applies for the program and submits landlord information on the application.
If you have any difficulty registering or have any concerns regarding the program, you may contact a Customer Call Center Representative at (866) 484-9033 for assistance and direction. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. est.
What Documents Do I Need to Qualify?
When registering, you will require the following:
If your tenant submits an application, you will need to give the following information:
What Does the Money Pay For?
The funds will be used to pay for up to twelve (12) months of past-due rent and up to three (3) months of prospective rent. Funding must be applied to the program’s approved months. You will get money directly if you are enrolled and your renter is accepted for funding. Payments for utilities will not be covered at this time, but may be considered in the future.
If an authorized tenant previously received shelter assistance from the City for a month that is still unpaid, the program will be unable to repeat that month’s qualifying payment (s).
Are Landlord Funds Limited?
There is no cap on the number of funds that landlords can receive because the subsidy would cover households. Landlords may be accepted for funding numerous households based on the number of properties they own in the City of Newark.
Assistance may cover up to 12 months of past-due rent per family beginning March 13, 2020, or later. It may also include the present and projected months, which are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Am I Eligible for ERAP?
Residents must meet the following criteria: