New Jersey lawmakers are attempting to keep landlords from automatically disqualifying potential tenants who have criminal histories. Instead, bills under consideration encourage landlords to assess each applicant as an individual, taking into account factors such as severity of a crime and the amount of time since it occurred.

New Jersey’s Fair Chance in Housing Act would prohibit landlords from asking about a potential tenant’s criminal history before offering conditional acceptance. Exceptions include applicants who are on sex-offender registries for life. [NOTE: Florida registrants are on “for life”]

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