Union City Mayor Brian Stack is seeking a moratorium on rent increases during COVID-19 state of emergency.
Stack said he was concerned that residents already feeling the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic by being able to work might face rent hikes from landlords.
“Residents are facing enough hardships with this virus,” Stack said. “We do not need to add insult to injury by increasing their rent and creating more of a hardship for them to overcome.”
The ordinance introduced by Stack last night said that rent increase bans will go on for no longer than two months and will mirror Gov. Phil Murphy’s suspension of evictions. It will be retroactive to March 1.
“Housing security and stability are critical to the public health and this ordinance is in the interest of the public health, safety and welfare of Union City residents,” said Stack, who is also a state senator from Hudson County. “We are a facing unprecedented times and residents need relief wherever possible. I have always said that Union City is a close and resilient community. We are in this fight together and we are not giving up.”