Landlord Tenant Lawyers in New Jersey
Landlord Rights And Eviction Rights In New Jersey
If you are a landlord in New Jersey, it is critical to be aware of how your tenancy is classified. This is so important because in New Jersey, tenancies are separated into two main categories.
In the first category are all commercial tenancies, seasonal and temporary tenancies and residential tenancies where the landlord is an “owner-occupant” with fewer than three rental units. These types of tenancies are governed by a certain set of statutes that are much less burdensome on landlords. Specifically, a landlord is permitted to remove a tenant without “good cause.”
All other tenancies are covered by N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.1, et seq., also known as the Eviction for Good Cause Law or the Anti-Eviction Act. Some examples of good cause include, but are not limited to, the failure to pay rent, causing damage to the premises, breaking rules contained in the lease and engaging in criminal activity on the property.
A determination of which law applies to your particular situation is imperative as the procedural requirements and necessary notices are technical and vary under each law. The statutory requirements must be strictly adhered to and fully complied with or the Court will lack jurisdiction to hear the matter.
Your Rights As A Tenant In New Jersey
Under New Jersey and federal law, it is illegal for a landlord or real estate agency to refuse to rent to a tenant because of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or perceived orientation, marital status, source of income, military service or status, cellular or blood traits, disability or perceived disability, age or having children under the age of 14.
If a landlord lies to you by saying there are no units available for rental or treats you discourteously or denies you services granted to other tenants, such actions may violate the fair housing laws.
A landlord is not required to rent to you if he can prove that you cannot afford the rent or that your family is larger than the number of people permitted to live in the apartment.
Before signing a lease, be sure you understand the terms. The lease should specify the length of time for which the property is being rented, the amount of security and rent you must pay, how to renew or terminate the lease, any late charges or legal fees you may be responsible for, and other rules and regulations of the landlord.
When you sign your lease, you agree to adhere to all of the rules and regulations. If you break the rules, do not pay your rent on time or violate other terms of the lease, your landlord may take you to court to have you evicted.
There are several other important aspects of landlord-tenant law for which there are common misconceptions and require careful consideration. These include the handling and limits of security deposits, required statutory notices, landlord registration statements, rent increases and habitability concerns.
Likewise, if you are a tenant in New Jersey, knowledge of both landlords’ and tenants’ rights and obligations under a lease and New Jersey law is essential.
How A Landlord Tenant Attorney Can Help
The skilled attorneys at attorneys at Hoffman DiMuzio have been providing guidance to landlords and tenants in the South Jersey area since 1978. Expertise when dealing these cases is critical in providing clients with the best possible outcome.
Our attorneys are conveniently available to you in five locations in New Jersey – Woodbury, Franklinville, Sewell, Turnersville, Mullica Hill, as well as a Philadelphia office as a convenience for those who reside in NJ but work in the city.
We would be happy to meet you at any one of our six office locations; whichever is most convenient for you.
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