Nutley, NJ asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey

Q: Can landlord cut off communication with tenant and say contact my attorney without anything in writing from attorney?

My landlord filed for eviction. I'm currently waiting for a court date. My heat stopped working. I texted him to tell him. He said contact his attorney and never to contact him again. He then said from here on out to only contact his attorney with any questions about anything. I haven't received anything from his attorney regarding anything. I did contact his attorney, the landlord came over and checked the thermostat, this is what he does every time the heat stops working. The heat never comes back on and still hasn't. I know right now its warmer but the temp drops at night. I texted him and said the heat still isn't working and that I contacted is attorney and there was no answer. My landlord's response was to stop texting him and contact is attorney only. This is frustrating as I can't contact my landlord anymore cause next he'll say I'm harassing him. I only contact him when there is an issue with the house which is usually not having heat. I have not contacted my landlord since

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

A: I guess the first question is where you be evicted for? Is it nonpayment? If it is you can raise the habitability issue. To do that you need to have the money owed available to post with the clerk of court. You would raise that issue at trial. As far as lack of communication is concerned, do you have documentation at the landlord said don't call me, call my lawyer? I would document each and every time you attempted to contact either the landlord or his attorney and the lack of response. If you have a small calendar or notebook to keep a record that would be useful.

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