Resources for Renters

Resources for Renters

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) is charged with preventing and eliminating discrimination in the State of New Jersey by enforcing the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD). The LAD prohibits discrimination, bias-based harassment, and retaliation in employment, housing, and places of public accommodation. 

The LAD prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, national origin, religion, gender, disability, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and source of lawful income to be used for rental or mortgage payments, including, but not limited to, subsidies or vouchers provided by federal, state, or local rental-assistance programs like Section 8, SRAP (State Rental Assistance Programs), and TRA (temporary rental assistance). The law also prohibits any housing advertisement or listing that expresses, directly or indirectly, any such limitation or discrimination.

To find out more or to file a complaint, please visit or call 973-648-2700.​

DCR regularly releases fact sheets with information about protections under the LAD.

For more information on your rights as a tenant in New Jersey, see the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Landlord-Tenant Information page.​

Helpful Links

Supportive Housing Connection (SHC) Resources