Assemblywoman Mosquera and Assemblyman Moriarty Bill Focused on Senior Citizen Housing Concerns Clears Committee

Designed to protect senior citizen tenants in New Jersey, bill sponsored by Assembly Democrat Gabriela Mosquera and Paul Moriarty that focus on security as well as tenant-landlord relationship protection were approved by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on Monday.

The bill (A-4397) sponsored by Mosquera and Moriarty would require landlords of senior citizen housing projects to provide, in writing, a rent increase notice and an explanation of why the rent is increasing for their tenants.

“Many senior citizens are living on a fixed-income, which can make it difficult to handle a surprise increase in their rent,” said Mosquera (D-Camden/Gloucester). “This bill will help to provide ample notice and just reasoning for an increase to rent, which will allow seniors to plan for these changes accordingly.”

“It is no secret that renting a home in New Jersey can be costly,” said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). “This alone is already a challenge for so many of our seniors living in retirement communities, assisted living facilities or nursing homes. The goal of this bill is to eliminate the extra stress of sudden rent increases that could make these communities unaffordable for seniors as well as strengthen the relationship between tenants and their landlords.”