N.J. courts starting to hear eviction disputes again. Advocates fear many renters will be forced out.

In the pre-coronavirus days, hundreds of landlords and tenants would pack into courtrooms to settle disputes that often carried the threat of eviction.Before the judge would begin the proceeding, a video would be shown in English and Spanish informing everyone of their rights. Some tenants and landlords would work out settlements in the hallway, while others would go to trial. If a landlord didn’t show up, the case was dismissed.That ended in mid-March, when COVID-19 arrived in New Jersey, forcing a shutdown of just about everything, courts included. All trials in landlord-tenant court are sus…

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