Newark, NJ asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: If there is a new owner with a long term pre existing month to month lease, can the new owner deny tenant amenities?

I live in the city of newark & I am trying to find out my rights as a tenant. My landlord just sold the home I have lived in the past 7 years. The new owners are trying to raise my rent by $475/mo. I don’t believe this is legal & I told them so. I have another issue where they are trying to take the amenities away that made this apartment desirable to begin with. They say If I don’t pay the 1800/mo I can no longer use my washer & dryer in the laundry room, I can no longer park in the driveway (I live in North Newark & there is little to no parking spots ever available on my street), and that I can no longer use the garage. I am concerned because I am renting month to month so I don’t have in writing that I have a right to these amenities. I am trying to find out if this is legal or not.

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Matthew Schutz
Matthew Schutz
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Flemington, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: The answer is yes and no. Newark is rent controlled. They are trying to raise your rent by over 30%. Unless they put in a lot of improvements, it would never pass muster at either the rent control board or in court. cuttng your amenities is just another wy to raise your rent. You are paying the same amount for less services.

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