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Q: Need details regarding how to sue the landlord regarding damages in details and exact steps

Me and wife stayed in the basement cellar apartment in jersey City nj for a year on monthly basis check payment no contract. The apartment was full of water logging issues and insect infestation. Before leaving we got apartment inspected by city who mentioned that this apartment was illegal as per jersey city rules since above it were 2 floors. Hence we are eligible for 6 times rent compensation plus other damages caused by gutter water percolating to our belongings.

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

A: Go to NJCOURTS.GOV. Click on self-help center. Follow instructions.

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

A: A: Go to NJCOURTS.GOV. Click on self-help center. Follow instructions.

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

A: It appears, from your note that the apartment was illegal. In Jersey City, basement apartments are illegal and you are correct hundred New Jersey statues you are entitled to a 6 month relocation allowance. My first question is do you have a statement from the inspecting authorities indicating the various violations? If you do, do they talk about the illegal nature of the rental?

Depending on the amount in controversy, you may have to sue either in the Special Civil Part or in the Law Division. Either way there are procedural aspects of the case and the forum that I would suggest you obtain an attorney for.

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