Eviction filings continue to pile up in New Jersey's housing courts, despite an ongoing state moratorium on anyone getting kicked out of their home.

Records show landlords filed another 5,000 cases in August, bringing the total number of eviction filings since April to 26,000.

For now, the state's eviction moratorium runs through at least November, but it doesn't stop landlords from initiating eviction proceedings in court—the only legal way to evict somebody in the state.

"We expect to see a tsunami of evictions," said Staci Berger, president of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey. “People are really, incredibly under pressure to come up with money that they don't have.”

Berger and other housing advocacy groups continue pressing the legislature to pass what’s known as the “People’s Bill,” which would give tenants six months to pay back every month of owed rent. The measure passed the Assembly in August but the Senate has not voted on an amended version of the bill.

Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a national moratorium on evictions earlier this month that runs through the end of 2020. The order requires tenants fill out a form certifying they meet certain income requirements and inform their landlord.

The CDC directive only protects tenants making less than $99,000 a year or those who received a federal stimulus check. To qualify, renters must certify an eviction would force them into homelessness or shared living conditions. All rent payments, including any late fees, are due when the moratorium expires on January 1st.

Berger said the CDC order won’t impact the state because New Jersey’s existing moratorium imposes a blanket ban on anyone getting locked out of their home and “gives the benefit of the doubt to the tenant which the federal declaration doesn't do.”

The New Jersey Apartment Association, that represents owners and vendors of more than 200,000 multi-family homes and apartments, said the CDC moratorium puts other states in the country “on the same playing field” as New Jersey. But it also underscores the need for federal rent assistance.

“At the end of the day, we are all in this together. Both landlords and tenants need assistance. The multifamily ecosystem which consists of tenants, landlords, employees, municipalities, and state governments plays a critical role in not only housing tens of millions of people, but it also plays a significant role in our nation’s economy,” the association said in a statement this month.

The apartment association, however, has opposed parts of the “People’s Bill, arguing it offers no assistance to landlords while they wait months for rent payments.

The state Department of Community Affairs rolled out a $100 million rental assistance program this summer. More than 60,000 people applied for the program but only 8,000 will receive help, the department said.

Berger says without additional state action to give tenants more time or help to pay back rent, there's going to be a wave of displaced families once the state protections and the CDC moratorium end.

Tenants facing an illegal lockout from their landlord can use an online form to report it to the state. Anyone already locked out of their home should call the police.

Berger said groups plan to hold a car caravan next week in Trenton to pressure lawmakers to take up the “People’s Bill.”