Fair Housing: New Jersey

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

New Jersey Protected Classes

(State of New Jersey Statutes §§ 10:5-12[g], [l])

  • Race

  • Color

  • National Origin

  • Religion

  • Sex

  • Familial Status

  • Disability

  • Age

  • Ancestry

  • Creed

  • Marital Status

  • Civil Union/ Domestic Partnership Status

  • Gender Identity

  • Gender Expression

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Affectional Orientation

  • Service in the Armed Forces

  • Nationality

  • Source of Income1

1Source of Income” includes subsidies or vouchers provided by federal, state, or local rental-assistance programs including Section 8 housing choice vouchers, rental assistance obtained from the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP), State Rental Assistance Program (SRAP), and temporary rental assistance (TRA). (Not defined in statutory code).

Jersey City Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

Jersey City Protected Classes

(Jersey City Municipal Code § 148-1 et seq.)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

Newark Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Newark Protected Classes

(City of Newark Municipal Code Ch 18:8-1.4)

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

Patterson Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Paterson Protected Classes

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.