Weehawken is ending its rent freeze, according to Mayor Richard Turner.
The announcement came in response to resident questions at a March meeting of the Township Council.
“We are in the process of dealing with the rent freeze for March,” Turner said. “There was a rent freeze put in place during COVID.”
Since Gov. Phil Murphy has ended the COVID-19 State of Emergency, Turner said the township is ending its rent freeze. It will phase in any increases.
“We are in the process of sending out the notices now to all landlords on the 2021 increase which will be 1.8 percent,” Turner said. “The ’22 increase will be dealt with later. One year at a time.”
According to Turner, the township did not need to pass another ordinance to repeal the original ordinance. The process has already begun.
“We’ve repealed it already,” Turner said. “The Rent Control Board will be sending out notifications to all landlords.”
Turner said the township was lifting the rent freeze now because he felt it was in a good spot to do so.
“There was a gubernatorial freeze, and each town had the option of putting it in place,” Turner said. “We put it in place. We’re now lifting it because we feel secure enough to lift it. The residents that are renters are secure and back to work.”
According to Turner, letters should be going out the next week or two, with the rent freeze ending effective April 1. The rent increase for 2021 is 1.8 percent. While Turner said the township will deal with the 2022 increase later, that increase will be 2.5 percent.
Turner noted each increase is based off the cost of living from the previous year, noting it’s unclear what next year’s increase will be: “Who knows what it will be for 2023.”
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