Q: I wrote my landlord in New Jersey regarding removal of cameras or escrow account.
I informed my landlord that if she doesn’t remove the cameras that her tenant friend, whom I have police reports on for harassment, installed in the hallway pointed at my doors I will open an escrow account and deposit rent on time until they are removed. Her response is that I need to show her the law that says the cameras are illegal and if she doesn’t get her rent by the due date she will move for an eviction. She’s basically implying that she will not remove them. What is my next step?
A: Open the escrow account, pay your tent timely, send copy of deposit receipt to landlord. There is no self help permitted in NJ for evictions by a landlord. Statutory proceeds must be followed. A court appearance would be required, You will have an opportunity to explain the situation to a judge. You can argue that the Landlord's refusal to act violates the quiet enjoyment provision of the lease. No matter what happens in court, you can end the proceedings by releasing the escrow funds.
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