Newark, NJ asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: what are the consequences for a landlord not filing rent registration in state or municipality?

Landlord has never filed a rent registration with the state or the city of Newark. I have been a tenant for 12+ years and have been on a month-to-month for 11+ of that time. I am now being asked to terminate my tenancy with no disclosed reasoning. Do I have any legal ground in regards to the landlord not being properly registered? Could I be in any way entitled to a partial reimbursement for non compliance of registration? Is there any truth to the courts honoring any last known recorded rents as the legal amount to be owed by the tenant?

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

A: There is no self help in NJ. This means that in order to evict you, he must file suit in Court. If he failed to register, the Court will dismiss the case until he does register. Further if he failed to obtain a smoke detector certification and provide with a copy, he will be subject to severe penalties. Check with your municipality as to whether a smoke detector certification has been obtained. If not, notify the building inspector.

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