Q: Landlord gave us a letter on March 1st stating he's doing a 30-Day quick deed sale on the house we are renting
We have a month-to-month rental agreement and have been looking around, but there are no apartments or homes available within 15 miles for a rental. We have 2 teens in High School + a Special Needs child in Elementary.
We literally have nowhere to go without leaving the area and causing a major upheaval in the children's schooling. I have this month's rent check still to give him. Do I tell him our situation? Should I give him the check along with the CDC Eviction Declaration Form notarized? Do I say nothing?
I know the buyers have the inspection for this upcoming Saturday, do I let them know as well?
A: Presently, there is a stay of evictions signed by Governor Murphy under Executive Order 106 on March 19, 2020 as a result of the pandemic. The stay of evictions was recently extended by Governor Murphy and also by the federal government under the Biden administration. The CDC guidelines reference evictions not being permitted but it is not controlling legally. The Executive Orders of Governor Murphy staying evictions in New Jersey governs and the landlord can not evict you. Even though they sent notice seeking to sell the property, they can not lawfully evict you. In addition, if they have accepted the payment of rent from you this month, that is another basis for you to remain in the premises lawfully. You can retain an attorney to send the landlord a letter advising them of the law and advising them of their actions being against the Executive Orders of Governor Murphy.
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