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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: If a landlord said "don't make me evil" to a tenant could that be considered a threat?

I contacted my landlord about a plumbing issue in which he responded "I'm not a plumber. You break, you fix." I said "I didn't clog the toilet, there's been plumbing problems throughout the entire apartment and that the lease states otherwise." He responded with... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 25, 2022

It all depends whether or not that is an improvement of his general demeanor!

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Medical Malpractice for New Jersey on
Q: My tenant is running an illegal medical spa out of my condo. Her rn license is suspended. She is injecting botox.
Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 23, 2022

Send a notice to cease and desist in accordance with NJ statutory requirements. If you not familiar with the statutory requirements, consult with a local real estate attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Small claim to recover my rental advance from Landlord

Hi, I have rented an apartment and stayed for around 5 years and my landlord returned only the partial deposit. the charges he showed are to renovate the unit. In order to initiate Small claim, I asked for my landlord's mailing address and he is not ready to confirm or receive the mail I sent.... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 16, 2022

Check with the municipal tax collector or assessor for the landlord's address.

0 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: My landlords tried to evict me in Special Civil Court. In pretrial mediation, we reached a settlement agreement, but

the draft of stipulated order their lawyer sent says that I agreed to immediate judgement of possession if I default on any of the terms, including late rent payments in November and December (months I was covered by DCA income certification) and vacating unit by a certain date because they sold... Read more »

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Q: Eviction protections for NJ?

I've had some health issues since October and I'm currently late on rent for November, December, and January. Income from both short term disability and unemployment are being held up and I have not found a new job yet.

The property manager sent a notice to quit via email while I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: How can I prevent eviction?
Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 8, 2022

Pay rent timely, observe the terms of the lease, don’t be disruptive to landlord and other tenants. There is no self help permitted in NJ. If a complaint for eviction is filed, be sure to attend the Court hearing. Make sure the landlord has complied with the requirements of all notices required... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: My landlord has asked me to vacate the apartment I rent from her

Landlord has asked me to leave and I don’t believe she is following proper procedure. She gave me a letter to leave (12/29/21) as of 1/31/22 I have never been issued a written warning to cease or a notice to quit. She also failed to provide me with an original 2017 lease nor did she provide me... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 3, 2022

New Jersey does not recognize self help. The only way a Landlord can force a tenant to vacate an apartment is to strictly follow the statutory requirements. Should the tenant not vacate the Landlord must file a complaint in Court which is served on the Tenant. A court hearing is scheduled. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: Landlord decides to sell rent house, made verbal offer to sell to lessee, rescinded the offer (with racist overtones)...

(I'm subletting; my housemate is the lessee.) The landlord (who bought the house less than a year ago) told us he wanted to sell, made verbal offer to my housemate to sell it to her for what he bought it for. She was interested, scheduled inspection, talked to the bank. Then a couple of weeks... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Dec 28, 2021

In order for an agreement to sell real estate in NJ to be enforceable, the contract must be in writing. The only verbal real estate agreement that is enforceable is for a lease of one year in duration.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Is a apartment manager allowed to threaten to evict you with no grounds in doing so in NJ

I have been threaten with eviction with no ground in doing so. The only thing I have done wrong in this mid rise building is 4 years ago when I moved in the next store tenant said my tv sound was to loud she is bed ridden and her bedroom was right to mind the sound level was at 55 db's and... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Dec 22, 2021

He can threaten but he cannot evict without complying with all NJ statutory requirements. These is no self help in NJ. All evictions must be the result of a Court hearing. Your lead has a provision for quiet enjoyment. If the Manager’s constant threat becomes annoying, you have a claim against... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: I sublet an apartment for 2 years and just found out it is illegal. They are giving me 2 days to vacate. What can I do?

I have been in thus apartment for over 2 years. Never knowing that the sublet was illegal. Today both the landlord and the property management company told me 8 have 2 days to get vacate the premises or legal action will be taken.

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Dec 20, 2021

Remain where you are until you receive a Court oder or a Board of Health requirement to vacate. There is no self help in NJ. The Landlord must file an appropriate action after complying with statutory requirements.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: What happens if a former landlord returns my security deposit to the wrong address?

I recently filed a complaint against my former landlord for failure to return my security deposit within the allotted 30 days. I received a nasty email from the property manager this morning that I filed a frivolous suit against them. I assure you I did not. After a couple of emails back and forth... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Dec 14, 2021

Yes, proceed with your claim. Let the Court decide who is correct.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: The apt.s I rent from say I must pay a pet fee. But on the lease my pet's name says $0 fee beside it. What should I do?

On their website, it does say they charge a monthly pet fee. I don't want to get evicted. But it doesn't seem right that they're not sticking to the lease agreement, even if they did make a mistake.

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Dec 13, 2021

Pay the fee!

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: I would like to remove a tenant from a building I am looking to purchase.

If I am buying a commercial property (which is currently leased to a tenant with 6 yrs remaining on their lease). I would like to make use of this property for my own retail use.

1. What can I legally do to remove the tenant?

2. Should I ask that property be vacated prior to... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Dec 8, 2021

You take possession of the property subject to existing leases. Unless the tenant voluntarily relinquishes possession, the tenant can remain undisturbed for the balance of the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: My new lease in my NJ apartment has a $400/month rent increase. They say they can do that. What are my rights?

I moved into an apartment in New Brunswick, NJ and signed a 14 month lease. I read up on the state and believed they would increase (for this year) 4% as is the current rate (about $100 for me) but they raised us over $400 a month. When I asked they said they can charge whatever they want, given... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Nov 4, 2021

At the conclusion of a lease term, a landlord may impose new conditions. But they must be reasonable. NJ does not recognize self help. As such, if you remain as a hold over tenant, the landlord must file an action with the court to obtain possession. Be sure to attend all scheduled hearing dates to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Can a new landlord who agreed to a rent increase amount and 3 days later change his mind and double the rent?

This happened on the day of the closing. He quoted me $1100 to $1200. I was paying $750 and a tenant from 2012. I am a senior 69 female. I told him my pension was cut until 2022 so he suggested $1050. Nothing in writing but had me copy the information to where to send rent. It was 2-3 days... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Nov 1, 2021

A landlord may change the terms of a lease at renewal time. However, the changes must be reasonable. Further, there is no self help in NJ. A landlord must file a complaint in court in order to evict a tenant. At the time of the court hearing, if the Court grants the Landlord the right to evict, you... Read more »

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Q: Does new owner legally need to give written 30 day notice for a tenant already in unit on a month to month lease in NJ?

I am living on a month to month at my current residence. On 7/2021 old owner gave all tenants a written notice that she was selling the property and we had to move. My move date was 9/1/2021. I was/am still searching for affordable housing. There were negotiation issues, inspections,... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Oct 27, 2021

There is no self help in NJ. A landlord can not lock you out. If you choose not to move, the LL must file an eviction action with the court The Court has the power to stay an eviction for up to six months. Make the LL take you to court. If LL successful ask the order to stay the eviction. So... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Is there a statue of limitations on a rental application filled out??

I have signed a 3 year lease and my rent is completely paid. Because the owner wants to sell the property 2 and a half years into the lease he is threatening to terminate my lease based on a question answered on the rental application 2 and a half years ago..

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Oct 23, 2021

A difficult question to answer without more fact. I would, however, suggest, that since he accepted that answer and leased the premises to you would indicate that the answer was of no consequence then and remains so now. Briefly, it should not be considered as a basis for non-renewal now.

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