Fairfield, NJ asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: If you don’t have a lease in NJ and you rent a basement apartment month to month can the landlord lock you out

I’ve already paid half this month I just can’t do the other half yet. All other months have been paid as well and he said yesterday if I don’t have the rest today he’s locking the door and I have to leave

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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 allowed by the Courts of New Jersey. The landlord must follow the statutory requirements for eviction. Thus the landlord must file an action in Cort to evict you. You should check with the municipality to see if it is a legal dwelling unit. There must be a smoke detector certification from the municipality. If the landlord has failed to get an inspection and provide you with a copy. Inform the landlord that if he continues to harass you you will take action against him for violating the provision of quiet enjoyment that is deemed to be included in every lease in NJ.

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