Q: can a landlord refuse to renew a lease in union city nj?
i, the landlord need to occupy the premise
A: Under normal conditions what you propose would be fairly straight forward.
1. You send notice that the lease is terminated and that you as the owner intends to occupy the space.
2. The tenants vacate. Your Done.
Option if the tenant doesn't vacate
3. You take them to court.
4. The court reviews the matter and most likely orders them to vacate. (Lots of different things can happen at this stage, but that is the desired outcome.)
5. You schedule a lockout with the sheriff.
6. The tenants either vacate or ask for an order of orderly removal and get extra time. Normally the extra time is limited to a week.
7. Eventually, the Sheriff locks them out if they do not vacate.
That is an overly simplified list of what can happen.
However, with the Coronavirus in play, the courts aren't working. You can try steps 1 and 2, but with the eviction moratorium steps 3 to 7 are on hold.
We have had people calling us that their landlords are moving for money judgments in order to get tenants to the negotiating tables. At this time NJ has emergency rent relief for Tenants that were current on their rent as of March 20th. https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/cverap.html
If you have specific questions reach out to an attorney.
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