Assembly passes bill to disband COAH, recast blueprint for affordable housing obligations

The state Assembly has passed a bill that would revamp how New Jersey calculates each town’s affordable housing obligations, seeking to streamline a process that had languished in recent decades before being taken over by the state judiciary.

Murphy picks DCA’s Suárez, head of local government services, as agency’s next chief

Gov. Phil Murphy has announced his choice to lead the state Department of Community Affairs after the death of Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who had led the agency since taking office in 2018.

Commercial real estate leaders pay tribute to Oliver after lieutenant governor’s death

The death of Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver is rippling through the state’s commercial and residential real estate industries, whose leaders recalled her as a pioneer and devoted public servant who advocated for affordable housing and economic development.

Murphy signs bill to allow third-party code inspections, drawing cheers from real estate industry

Gov. Phil Murphy has signed into law a bill that aims to speed up construction permitting in New Jersey, allowing developers to hire private-sector code inspectors if local officials cannot complete a review within three business days of a requested date.

Developers land $42 million for affordable housing near Newark’s University Hospital

A development team has closed on $42 million in financing for a project that will bring 78 affordably priced apartments to an area just north of Newark’s University Hospital.

NJAA calls for ramping up new state eviction prevention program

With New Jersey’s eviction moratorium drawing down and state officials no longer taking applications for rental assistance for landlords and tenants impacted by the pandemic, stakeholders are hoping to see a new eviction prevention program take center stage.

Builders, public officials look to confront New Jersey’s housing supply and affordability crisis

Homebuilders joined key public officials at the Atlantic Builders Convention last month to confront New Jersey’s housing supply and affordability crisis, pledging a spirit of cooperation as they search for solutions.

Murphy vetoes bill to allow third-party code inspections, calls for two-year study by DCA

A bill that would streamline construction code inspections in New Jersey using third-party, private-sector consultants is all but dead for now, following a conditional veto by Gov. Phil Murphy that shelved the proposal in favor of a two-year study by state officials.

DCA marks payout of $232 million in COVID rent relief, launches eviction prevention program

The state has disbursed more than $230 million in federal funds aimed at providing relief to apartment renters and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, officials said last week.

NJAA lauds passage of bill to end state’s eviction moratorium

A bill that would wind down New Jersey’s moratorium on residential evictions is headed for Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk, drawing cheers from many landlords after months of uncertainty.