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During the COVID-19 pandemic the LSNJ Hotline will remain open during its normal business hours. Our Hotline staff will be working remotely and you may encounter delays when calling.

FAQ - What can I do if I am illegally locked out or if the property owner resorting to illegal tactics to get me out?

Call the police. If they do not assist you in getting back in, you must file a complaint and order to show cause with the court in order to have your matter heard right away. Go to the Judiciary website ( and follow the instructions under “Illegal Lockouts.” In your court papers, make sure to reference any Administrative Order or Executive Order that applies. If you are in a hotel, make sure to reference the above Administrative Order in your complaint.

If your landlord is violating the Executive Orders, you can file a complaint by completing an Executive Order Violation Form on the New Jersey Covid-19 Information Hub website:

If your landlord is demanding sexual favors in exchange for the rent, such harassment is illegal and violates the Fair Housing Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. If this happens, file a complaint with the NJ US Attorney’s Office online or by calling 1-844-380-6178 and/or contact the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights Housing Discrimination hotline at 1-866-405-3050.

(Return to Frequently Asked Questions for Tenants, Hotel/Motel Residents, and Other Occupants During COVID-19) ​​​​

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