Haughton, LA asked in Real Estate Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: When are personal effects considered abandoned in New Jersey? No lease in effect & housemate under a Perm RO for DV.

My sister in NJ allowed a disabled vet friend (at the time) to live in her house in exchange for help with upkeep of the premises, which he did not do as time passed. He gave her money towards his groceries. There was no written agreement and no lease.

Unknown to her at the time. he suffered from ptsd and was a hoarder. He promised to rent a storage facility, but later refused and filled up the house with boxes of junk he accumulated. He gradually grew violent and threatened her whenever she told him to remove his junk or leave. He physically attacked her a couple of months ago; she called the police, went to Court, and has a Permanent restraining order in place. He was arrested but not incarcerated. They aren’t to contact each other and she doesn’t know his whereabouts.

The Judge gave him one opportunity to remove his belongings, but did not give him a deadline by when do do so. He also left 2 cats behind. The situation is a fire hazard.

2 Lawyer Answers
Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer
Answered
  • Clifton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: I would just call a junk removal company and have it removed. There is apparently no way for you to find him, so why leave your house at risk?

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

A: Sena certified letter to ex-tenant's last known address advised him he has 30 days commencing on the first day of the next month to remove his belongings or they will be deemed abandoned . A the end of the 30 day period, if belongings are not removed, deem the items trash to be removed at tenant's expense.

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