Newark, NJ asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: I was giving a notice to quite my lease and no court date but told to get out on the 22 is that legal

I was not giving a court date just told that if I am not out by the end of the month there gonna lock my door I don’t know what to do

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Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Rockaway, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Self help is not not legal in NJ. A landlord may try to trick you into leaving voluntarily. But a legal warrant for eviction may only be issued by the court. The landlord would need to file a complaint which must state one of the recognized grounds for eviction for the court to have jurisdiction to act. Before filing a complaint, the landlord must serve you with notice. No notice is required in a nonpayment of rent matter. If you receive a notice from the Court, do not ignore. Be sure to go to Court on the required date in order to protect your interests and to present your side of the story.

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