Q: What NJ statute states a landlord cannot change a lease without the tenants agreement, initials or signature?
They added an end date, when it says for a minimum of 3 months for length of lease. Now she refuses rent, and it was from the state auto deposited with her approval. She contacted them, not me and stated she refuses any more rent. Help, she claims I'm cauding irreparable harm, an OTSC was filed it's in a couple days. She put the words FINAL. 5/31/20 on th he lease after putting 4/1/20 on it. Both she initialled, but I didn't do so, let alone know about it. I only got a copy maybe 2 months ago. She's blaming me for preventing her from renting her house. She couldn't rent it cause of covid, not me. I rent the attic, not the house, and have no access to the house. Help please?
A: No written document can be changed by one party after both have signed. Further, self-help is illegal in New Jersey. In addition, when you rented your apartment did the Landlord obtain a Certificate of Habitability from the town? Did you pay a security deposit? If so, were you provided with the required information that a Landlord must give you? Based on the brief factual description provided, you are in a very strong position to enforce the terms of the lease as originally executed.
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