Lake Hopatcong, NJ asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: How much notice needed for new lease and rent increase in NJ

Renting house since 2013, lease expired 2014, no physical lease since (therefore month to month). received new lease today 3/30/22 for 4/1/22 effective date. Current rent is 1500/mo, new rent 1800/mo effective 6/1/22. Lease is VERY favorable to landlord who has made NO repairs or improvements in 9 years despite many requests. Additionally, he is intentionally causing problems between myself and my neighbor (he owns 2 houses on same lot) which has resulted in numerous police reports and a harassment charges by me on neighbor. I am on SSDI and cannot afford to move right now because there is no rentals available. Do I have any options?

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

A: Generally speaking the LL is allowed to have a reasonable rent increase. Tyically that is not over 5%. Jurisdictions with rent control will have guide lines the LL must comply with. Any changes in the lease terms must be reasonable as well.

Depending on the nature of repairs required, you may have habitability issues. This could work in your favor.

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