35 NJ housing providers accused of violating Fair Chance in Housing Act

"Housing stability is critical to ensuring that justice-impacted individuals can return to their communities with dignity and build successful lives,” said Attorney General Matthew Platkin.

News 12 Staff

Feb 13, 2024, 12:49 PM

Updated 64 days ago

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New Jersey's Division on Civil Rights is taking action against dozens of housing providers throughout the state for violating the Fair Chance in Housing Act.
Officials say 35 housing providers are accused of asking criminal history-related questions on applications, telling potential applicants that anyone with a criminal record would not be considered and posting ads or policies that do not comply with the Fair Chance in Housing Act which was established in 2022. These offenses could cost providers thousands of dollars.
"The Murphy Administration's continued commitment to ensuring that all New Jerseyans have access to housing is reflected in the Fair Chance in Housing Act," said Attorney General Matthew Platkin.
"Housing stability is critical to ensuring that justice-impacted individuals can return to their communities with dignity and build successful lives. And in New Jersey, a history with the criminal legal system cannot automatically bar you from having fair access to housing. Our actions against these housing providers today underscore our commitment to making safe and affordable housing a reality for our state's residents, notwithstanding their criminal history,” Platkin said.


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