Newark Rent Control Office
Rent Regulations Officer: Jacquea Lee
Location: Room 110, Newark City Hall, 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Phone: 973-733-3675, Fax: 973-733-6366
Greetings Newark Renters and Landlords.
The City’s original Rent Control Ordinance was enacted in 1973 to help ensure that Newark residents and their neighbors have decent housing conditions and affordable rents. Over forty years later, the Ordinance is as important as ever. Newark is growing. And we must make sure that the growth benefits all of Newark, including you.
In January 2015, I moved the Rent Control Office to Room 110 in City Hall in order to make it more accessible to you. I have instructed the Office to make sure that residents have easy access to information about tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities. And we have launched a new website so you can access this information wherever you are.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know. I need your help to make Newark a city we can all believe in!
Ras J. Baraka
- Registration Form must be submitted annually.
- Rent Registration Database is now online! Find out if your property is registered (see instructions). If property is not registered, the rent can not be raised!
- No Heat 45% Rent Reduction application. If your heat does not work between October 1 and May 1, you may be eligible for a 45% rent reduction.
- Rent Control Board Hearing Schedule for 2017
- Forms & Applications (including new “No Heat” application for this winter)
- Permitted Rent Increases Table
- Rent Control Ordinance, City of Newark
- Reference Documents for Landlords and Tenants
- Tenant & Landlord/Property Owner Organizations
- Legal/Emergency Assistance and Other Helpful Contacts
- Rent Control Board Hearing Schedule
Permitted Rent Increases Table (%)
The maximum rent increase for each month is shown below.
Dates indicate when future months’ rent caps will be announced. Download CPI release schedule here.
* Until June 19, 2014 annual rent increases were capped at 4% for apartment complexes of 50 or more units; and 5% for apartment complexes of 49 units or less.
** beginning June 20, 2014 permissible annual rent increases for a given month are shown in the table above.
*** permitted rent increases are determined by monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics “Consumer Price Index – All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA. (CUURA101SA0)” inflation data. The data for a given month is release the following month, according to this schedule. The permissible annual rent increase for a given month is determined by the CPI-U monthly data for three months prior. For example, the maximum rent increase for July is based on the CPI-U data from April (3 months before), which is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May. In the case where CPI data is negative, the rent increase cap will be “0.0” (e.g., April 2015).
Forms And Applications (click below or email to request a copy)
- Rent Registration Challenge Form (for tenants who believe that their landlord misrepresented the rent on the Rent Registration Form)
- Rent Adjustment Petition($15.00 fee) (for tenants who believe they are being overcharged, or have lost services that were agreed to in their lease.)
- Winter Tips
- Need Help Paying Your Bills
- No Heat 45% Rent Reduction application (Oct 1 – May 1, you must call Code Enforcement for inspection: 973-733-4311)
- Major New Improvement Surcharge application ($25.00) (call/email office)
- Decrease in Service / Change in (utility) Service petition (call/email office) ($15.00)
- Hardship Increase application ($5/unit, max $1,000) (call/email office)
- Substantial Rehabilitation application ($25 per application + $5/room inspection) (call/email office)
- Tax Surcharge application ($15) (call/email office)
- Utility Surcharge application ($15) (call/email office)
- New Construction (4+ units, 30 years) ($25)
- New Construction (1-3 units, 5 years) ($25)
- Substantial Rehabilitation (vacant 18+ months, 5 year exemption) ($25 per application, + $5/room inspection)
- Substantial Rehabilitation (1 year exemption) ($25 per application, + $5/room inspection)
- Condo Conversion Tenancy Protection ($30/unit + $350 hearing officer charge)
Tenant & Landlord Resources and Reference Documents
- Newark Rent Control Ordinance – Title XIX
- Newark Housing Code – Title XVIII
- NJ Truth In Renting: A guide to the rights and responsibilities of residential tenants and landlords in New Jersey
- Tenants’ Rights in NJ: A legal manual for tenants in NJ
- Info for Landlords — NJ Superior Court (PDF) (updated May 2014)
- Landlord-Tenant Information – NJ Department of Community Affairs
- “My Newark” smartphone app (Iphone) (Android) to report code violations or other concerns.
Tenant & Landlord/Property Owner Organizations*
(*Being listed here does not signify that Mayor’s office, the Rent Control Office, or the Rent Control Board have any relations with or supports the views expressed by these organizations. To have your organization listed here, please contact the Rent Control Office by phone or email.)
Property Owners & Landlords Associations
- Property Owners Association of NJ
- Tri-State Mixer, the ultimate real estate club
- NJ Apartment Association
- NJ Affordable Housing Association
- Metro Real Estate Investors Association
- Newark Apartment Owner’s Association (NAOA)
Legal/Emergency Assistance and Other Helpful Contacts
- City of Newark Code Enforcement: (973) 733-4311, City Hall, Room 216, Newark, NJ 07102.
- Landlord-Tenant Court: 973-776-9300 ext. 56800, Room 201, Hall of Records, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102.
- Essex County Legal Aid Association: (973) 622-0063 (Mon-Thurs), Hall of Records, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102.
- Legal Services Essex-Newark: (973) 624-4500, email@example.com, 5 Commerce Street, 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 07102.
- Rutgers Law Civil Justice Clinic: 973-353-5576 (call to make an appointment)
- Newark-Essex Foreclosure Taskforce: Rights of Tenants Brochure (English) (Spanish)
- Misc. Legal Services Referrals
- Displaced Families Resource Guide (food, rent, utilities, relocation assistance)
- Guide to Affordable Housing in Essex County (compiled by NJ Dept of Community Affairs)
- NJ Dept of Community Affairs, Division of Housing and Community Resources: firstname.lastname@example.org, (609) 292-4080…
- Section 8 waiting list, press 1
- Section 8 participating landlords, press 2
- Superstorm Sandy Assistance, press 3
- Homelessness prevention program, press 5
- Customer service, press 8
- NJ Home Energy Assistance Hotline: 800-510-3102, Utilityhelp@nj211.org; information brochure.
- City of Newark Lead Abatement Office: 973-733-5323