North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco is urging the township’s tenant advocate to aid renters who are being wrongfully evicted from a building under new management.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We will not allow our residents to be bullied and intimidated in any way by owners or landlords who are looking to profit off of the displacement of others,” Sacco, also the state senator of the 32nd Legislative District, said in a statement.
“We will use every legal device in our toolbox to ensure their rights are protected and their families are secure in the knowledge they will not be forced to leave their homes.”
Sacco advised Tenant Advocate Michael Purvin to send a letter advising tenants of 625 John F. Kennedy Blvd. that they had the legal right to continue living there despite any intimidation or harassment from the new owners or their representatives.
Since the building was purchased three months ago, a number of tenants have already vacated their apartments and Sacco has emphasized that he’s committed to ensuring landlords who violate New Jersey’s Anti-Eviction Act are held accountable.
The law also prohibits retaliation by landlords against tenants who assert their rights under the act. Overall, the Anti-Eviction Act aims to ensure that tenants in New Jersey have secure and stable housing.
If any North Bergen tenants are facing fear of eviction from management or its representatives, are urged to contact Purvin’s office.
He could be reached at (201) 867-4454, email Mpurvin@purvinlaw.com, or via traditional mail: 5600 JFK Blvd., West New York, NJ 07093.