Notice – Landlord Tenant – Packets for Self-Represented Tenants Seeking Post-Judgment Relief from Eviction

Notice – Landlord Tenant – Packets for Self-Represented Tenants Seeking Post-Judgment Relief from Eviction

In furtherance of the Judiciary's ongoing efforts to support court access for all parties in landlord tenant actions -- including tenants who navigate the system without legal representation -- this notice issues three new self-represented litigant packets. The attached packets contain standardized forms for use by tenants seeking post-judgment relief in residential landlord tenant actions, as follows:

  • How to Apply for an Order for Orderly Removal in a Landlord Tenant Case (CN 12790). A tenant can use this packet to request up to seven additional calendar days to pack and move out before being evicted or locked out of the rental premises.
  • How to Apply for a Hardship Stay in a Landlord Tenant Case (CN 12791). Where a judgment of possession has been entered, a tenant who pays all of the past-due rent can use this packet to apply for up to six months to remain in the property while finding a new residence.
  • How to Apply for an Order to Show Cause in a Landlord Tenant Case (CN 12792). A tenant can use this packet to ask the court (a) to vacate, dismiss, or stay a judgment for possession, (b) to stop an eviction (lock out) before the eviction day, or ( c) to re-occupy the property within 10 days after a lockout. Courts may grant such requests in limited situations, e.g., based on fraud or mistake, and may require the tenant to post some amount of rent.

These landlord tenant packets are available on the Judiciary's website njcourts.gov (click on "Forms Catalog").

Any questions regarding these self-represented litigant packets may be directed to the Civil Practice Division by phone at 

609-815-2900 ext. 54900

Document Date: Oct. 10, 2023

Publish Date: Nov. 6, 2023