(UNION CITY, NJ) — Governor Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency on March 9, 2020 in response to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Recognizing the substantial financial loss many residents will face due to unemployment or closures of businesses, Mayor Brian P. Stack and the Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance on March 24, 2020 that places a moratorium on rent increases during the State of Emergency and for no longer than 2 months following.
“Following the moratorium on evictions by the Governor, we were concerned that residents, who are unable to work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, would face additional financial hardships by increased rent.” said Mayor Brian P. Stack. “Residents are facing enough hardships with this virus; we do not need to add insult to injury by increasing their rent and creating more of a hardship for them to overcome.”
The ordinance places a moratorium to prevent any rent increases to tenants in the City of Union City and will remain in effect for no longer than two (2) months following the end of the State of Emergency. The moratorium shall apply retroactively to March 1, 2020.
“Housing security and stability are critical to the public health and this ordinance is in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare of Union City residents”, said Stack. “We are a facing unprecedented times and residents need relief wherever possible. I have always said that Union City is a close and resilient community. We are in this fight together and we are not giving up.”