Newark, NJ asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: I have not received my lease renewal. I rent a condo in receivership. Should I be worried?

I’ve been renting a condo in receivership for the last 2 years. My lease ends on 12/31/17. I have not received the lease renewal or any other notice. My rent is all paid. This past year I have been late with the rent however no notices or eviction letters were given. The property manager accepted my payments after he called to inquire about the late payments. The last year was a bit financially tough but I’m finally getting back on my feet. After paying December’s rent I asked about the lease and I was told “they’re waiting on the corporate office to figure out the rent increase based on local CPI and IF they want to do a 12 month lease”. Should I be worried they will try to evict me. I do want to renew my lease with them. I don’t want to lose the apartment.

1 Lawyer Answer
Marcel Wurms
Marcel Wurms
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Lodi, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Generally, unless you reside in an owner occupied building, you can only be evicted for one of the causes listed in the anti eviction act. Habitual late payment of rent is one of those causes. However, it appears that this is no longer an issue.

As far as a new lease, once your present lease expires, you become a month to month tenant. However, as stated previously, you can not be evicted. However, the landlord is free to propose a new lease, with reasonable changes and a reasonable rent increase. Should you choose not to accept these changes, then you will have to leave.

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