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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Can my landlord deduct unreasonable security deposit?

Hi, I rented a small townhouse for an year and paid one and half month security deposit.

- Landlord did not provide any details on where the security is deposited.

- After my lease end did not refund the deposit or provide a list of damages within 30 days

- On 31st day sent... Read more »

Peter A. Michael
Peter A. Michael answered on Sep 27, 2019

Yes you can take your landlord to court for his lack of returning a security deposit. If you can contesting the fact of damages to your apartment, that is something for a judge to decide. The standard for damages in an apartment is "damages beyond reasonable wear and tear". It sounds as if your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Does my roommate owe me for utilities during time apartment rented even though she was hardly ever there?

My roommate doesn't want to pay utilities she owes me for June and July. I am on the lease (she is not) however we had an agreement (via text and oral) that we would keep the apartment for another year until the end of August. We also agreed to split utilities 3 ways (me, her and another roommate).... Read more »

Peter A. Michael
Peter A. Michael answered on Sep 26, 2019

If you have proof of your agreement with respect to the utilities, you can take your roommate to court for the amount that she owes. If the amount if insignificant, then it is up to you to conduct a cost-benefit analysis on whether it is worth it for you to hire and attorney and pay the court fees... Read more »

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Q: If I pay back the money owed to my landlord does it void the cease letter

My landlord gave us a cease letter approximately three weeks ago we paid him some money to bring down our debt and now he’s trying to say that because they gave us the cease letter he can evict us whenever he wants is this true

Peter A. Michael
Peter A. Michael answered on Sep 26, 2019

That is not true. Your landlord cannot evict you without first bringing you to court on a summons and complaint for non-payment of rent. At the day of court which is the trial date, your back due rent amount is due.If you are unable to pay the whole amount, your landlord has the option of entering... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: My tenant that hasn't paid the rent for the last month of his lease. What type of notice do I send him?

I have already sent him a Notice to Cease 2/12/19 & a Notice of Non-Renewal on 8/16/19. I am concerned that if i send him a 30 Day Notice to Quit the whole process will take an additional month and a half to remove him from the property.

Peter A. Michael
Peter A. Michael answered on Sep 26, 2019

Has your tenant moved out of the property?

For a non-payment of rent issue, you do not have to wait. The state of New Jersey does not require legal notice or an allotted time period of waiting prior to filing a summons and complaint with the NJ Courts for Non-Payment of rent. If your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: How long do I have to wait as the landlord to file eviction papers when they stop paying rent in NJ?
Peter A. Michael
Peter A. Michael answered on Sep 26, 2019

You do not have to wait. The state of New Jersey does not require legal notice or an allotted time period of waiting prior to filing a summons and complaint with the NJ Courts for Non-Payment of rent. My firm offers a free in office consultation for your case. Feel free to contact me at anytime!

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Tenant refused me to get in for inspecting the apartment. He reported to Housing dept without reaching out to me first.

There are 4 items and all minors according to Housing. But, she refused my multiple requests, and demanding that I have to have a licensed plumber first in order to get in. I told her that I need to understand and assess the damages first, also based on Lease, I have the right to get in for the... Read more »

Peter A. Michael
Peter A. Michael answered on Sep 26, 2019

My recommendation is sending a demand letter to enter into the house at a proposed time. But since you are dealing with a time crunch, you may have to send your tenant the appropriate notice and then file a summons and complaint in court. This way we can appear in front of a judge and have a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: What can I do about my landlord filing an eviction as retaliation

I've been with my current landlord since Jan 19, in April I discovered a bedbug, my apartment was above a filthy store. I was moved into another one of his multi dwelling units due to the situation, after needing to throw away all of my belongings. After moving into new unit my 7 year olds foot... Read more »

Peter A. Michael
Peter A. Michael answered on Sep 26, 2019

It sounds that you have habitability issues with your apartment. Habitability issues are protected under NJ law. The day of court for your eviction matter, you or your attorney can explain the conditions of the apartment. If there is any back due rent, you will have to deposit that rent with the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and International Law for New Jersey on
Q: Dear sir/madam I am a diplomat, with a diplomatic passport. I was pulled over by a cop in NJ for illegal lane change.

I was driving a rental vehicle from Thrifty, in NJ , which the policeman that stopped me found to be uninsured and with expired registration .I thus received a total of 3 tickets .I was told by my colleagues that being a visiting diplomat, I am immune from prosecution and need ONLY respond to the... Read more »

Peter A. Michael
Peter A. Michael answered on Sep 26, 2019

You are not immune from prosecution just yet. You will need to appear in court and attempt to resolve this summons. Since the car was a rental, the rental service should be able to provide you proof of insurance and registration of the vehicle. This evidence may be shown to the municipal court... Read more »

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