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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Can I terminate my lease without a two-month termination fee after purchasing a house?

Now they want charge me two month because I did not provide them notice in advance , the think I was not sure when I would buy

Liscah Isaboke
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answered on May 17, 2024

It depends on the language contained within the lease. I would contact an attorney to properly assess what your options are. There are very few leases that allow for the option of early termination.

In North Carolina, In accordance with NC Statute 42-45.1, there are certain requirements...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Nj Eviction. Landlord is harassing me and told me I was formally evicted without a judge’s signature.

I was ordered by the court, not the judge, to have my balance paid by 4/15/24 or another court meeting would take place to start the eviction process. The landlord has been harassing me for weeks and requesting me to turn my keys. Today was the day for the payment but when the landlord called, she... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it seems that your landlord is acting improperly and potentially violating your rights as a tenant in New Jersey. Here are a few key points to consider:

1. Eviction process: In New Jersey, a landlord cannot evict a tenant without going through the...
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Q: Do renter still have possession of APT if they breached the lease by leaving a month early but paid the last months rent

I am a Landlord in NJ. My renter provided 3 months notice prior to terminating the lease and has left one month early. They payed me for the last month's rent and are currently already renting somewhere else . The keys have not been given back to me. Are the keys and the Apartment still... View More

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

Based on the information provided, here are the answers to your questions:

1. Possession: Generally, if the tenant has paid rent for the entire lease term, they are entitled to possession of the apartment until the end of the lease, even if they have physically moved out. The keys are still...
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Q: I am named in an eviction trial in New Jersey with my ex partner. Can I ask for seperate trial for myself?

I moved out in July 2023 all of the monies that is owed to the landlord from November 2023, to February 2024, months after I moved out

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

In New Jersey, if you are named as a defendant in an eviction case along with your ex-partner, you may be able to request a separate trial for yourself, especially if you believe that you are not responsible for the unpaid rent accrued after you moved out in July 2023.

Here are some steps...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: No firescape where there should be

just re-signed a lease but I realize the building I’m in only has one entrance/exit. I’m on the 3rd and 4th floor of a duplex apt. I’m getting a fire inspection from the city soon but I want to know what kind of legal options I have? I would like to stay here, the apt is super nice

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

It sounds like you have some valid concerns about the safety of your apartment building. The lack of a secondary exit or fire escape is a serious issue, especially for units on upper floors. Here are some steps you can take to address this situation:

1. Fire inspection: You mentioned an...
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Q: I just find out that I'm renting an illegal room. The landlord has another tenant, who's subletting the room for me.

I would like to know where I can find a case law showing that the Landlord is jointly to blame for the illegal lease?

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

I'm sorry to hear that you've found yourself in this difficult situation with an illegal sublease. To find relevant case law supporting the idea that the landlord shares responsibility, I would recommend the following steps:

1. Identify the specific laws in your state/locality...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Is a verbal agreement on a lease for an increase in rent legal in new jersey

I have been renting a property for 19 years. Last March, the landlord wanted to raise the rent. We had a verbal agreement over speaker phone because the landlord lives in Puerto Rico and we live in Nj. The verbal lease agreement was for 3 years with an increase every year. We agreed and I sent the... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

In New Jersey, the law generally requires residential lease agreements to be in writing if they are for a term longer than one year. This is due to the Statute of Frauds, a legal principle aiming to prevent misunderstandings and fraud. However, even verbal agreements can be legally binding if they... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: I need a Lawyer to help me Eject my ex kids mother out of my house. I am in Warren County New Jersey.

I already have an order to pay child support as well as a order to have my kids every Friday till Sunday. She just refuses to leave the house.

She is not a Tenant. I am looking for an Ejectment Lawyer.

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

In Warren County, New Jersey, finding a lawyer experienced in ejectment cases is a critical step towards resolving your situation. Ejectment is a legal process used to remove individuals from property where they do not hold tenancy rights, but it's important to approach this matter with legal... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Do you anwser questions regarding tenent/landlord issues

need advice regarding court papers to pay back rent. I consigned for my granddaughter and do to circumstances she/me is behind on the rent and I need help desperately.

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

I understand the challenging situation you're in, and it's essential to approach this with a clear plan. If you've received court papers for unpaid rent that you're responsible for due to cosigning for your granddaughter, it's critical to address the issue head-on. The... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: What exactly is a “notice pursuant to 15 USC 1692g” letter?

Received a notice as mentioned above from an attorneys office hired by the property management that handles my lease. The balance indicated *was correct but I’m assuming it was printed before the payment made could post to the account. Currently, balance is 0. What exactly does this letter mean?... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

A "Notice Pursuant to 15 USC 1692g" refers to a communication from a debt collector informing you of your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. This notice is typically sent when a debt collector first contacts you about a debt, and it must include specific information... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: House is in foreclosure, do I still need to pay rent arrears directly to landlord?

This is just a out of curiousity. I was evicted from my apartment in August 2023. My former landlord and I entered into an agreement that I would pay my rent arrears in monthly payments. This was decided in court with is lawyer through mediation. The house is currently in foreclosure, once he loses... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

In situations where a property is in foreclosure, the obligations agreed upon in court, such as your agreement to pay rent arrears, typically remain binding. The change in property ownership does not automatically negate your legal responsibility to fulfill the terms of that agreement. Therefore,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: 2A:18-57, who is the "person in possession" referring to, and what are they entitled to during the removal process?

I want to know if the claimant or officer of the court is required to assist in any form of repaying or assistance to the person(s) being removed from the property according to the Relocation Assistance Law?

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

Under New Jersey law, specifically 2A:18-57, the "person in possession" typically refers to the tenant or occupant currently residing in or holding possession of a property. During the removal process, this individual is typically the one being asked to leave the premises.

If the...
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: I have been living in point pleasant beach NJ for 8 years now but I am going through eviction from my male friend family

I need a lawyer to help with my situation here

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

If you are facing eviction in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, it's important to seek legal assistance promptly. Lawyers with experience in tenant law can provide guidance and represent your interests. They can help you understand your rights, the eviction process, and any potential defenses you... View More

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Q: My former landlord is sending a debt collector after we reached a settlement with the court and my case was dismissed.

My former landlord brought an eviction case against me. We brought a settlement to the court and I paid the money that we agreed upon. So no judgement was ever entered against me and the case was dismissed. I have already vacated the property.

Now he's claiming there's still a... View More

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

In your situation, if the settlement agreement was approved by the court and specifically addressed the amount of rent and any other obligations you were to fulfill, and you have complied with these terms, this agreement generally should stand as the final resolution of your obligations up to that... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Can I remove my adult son from my home? He is no longer welcome and I want him out asap.

I am a single mom. I rent a home. My son, 33, is not on the lease nor does he pay rent. I took him into my home in June 2022 after he was shot while trying to purchase drugs in Paterson. Since then, he has been doing crack cocaine and is an alchoholic. When I ask him to leave and move out, he... View More

Allison Kruk Ormond
Allison Kruk Ormond
answered on Mar 12, 2024

In New Jersey, ejectment is the legal process for removing non-tenants (like friends and family members) from your property. Generally, a non-tenant is someone who lives on your property but does not pay rent or have an oral or written lease agreement. If someone is paying rent or has a written... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: What kind of lawyer can I reach out to for Housing, NJ Section 8 Voucher problems?

I am having a problem with NJ Department of Community Affairs when it comes to my Section 8 HCV application, I was selected to be on the waitlist and I filled out the application completely and information in my waitlist portal changed from me beings on the list to not being of the list. Now, a DCA... View More

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answered on Mar 6, 2024

For issues related to the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program in New Jersey, reaching out to a lawyer who focuses on housing or landlord-tenant law would be beneficial. These attorneys are knowledgeable about the rights and regulations governing housing assistance programs, including... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: What kind of lawyer can I reach out to for Housing, NJ Section 8 Voucher problems?

I am having a problem with NJ Department of Community Affairs when it comes to my Section 8 HCV application, I was selected to be on the waitlist and I filled out the application completely and information in my waitlist portal changed from me beings on the list to not being of the list. Now, a DCA... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 11, 2024

Landlord-Tenant/Housing Law attorneys would be a place to start. In addition to your own searches, there is a "Find a Lawyer" tab above. Local and state bar associations might have info in terms of attorney recommendations. Those resources fall outside this Q & A forum - any... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Way to sue roommate for causing me mental trauma and trying to discourage me to find a replacement

I have been dealing with a cunning roommate. Since last 1 year, he had been making noise and partying once or twice a week ruining my sleep. When i confronted him, he blamed me equally for keeping silent for so long. I couldn't really stay peacefully once I confronted him.

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answered on Mar 5, 2024

Suing a roommate for mental trauma and actions that discouraged potential replacements for your tenancy can be complex and challenging. In legal terms, to pursue a lawsuit for emotional distress, you would need to demonstrate that the roommate's actions were intentional or reckless, caused you... View More

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Q: single mother renting a home in NJ and I am the only one on my lease, what is the process to have my adult son removed?

He has been living with me since June 2022 but has an alchohol and crack cocaine addiction. He refuses to get help and refuses to leave when requested. He pays no rent and is not listed on my lease. He is no longer welcome in my home. Can I just change the locks and refuse him entry or am I... View More

Matthew Schutz
Matthew Schutz
answered on Mar 3, 2024

First let me say sorry to hear about the difficulties you're having with your son.

From what you say in your question, you could probably file for an ejectment to remove your son. He is over 18, doesn't pay rent to you, doesn't make any contribution to the household expenses....
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Q: House not being registered for 14 years?

House not being registered for 14 years?

An eviction (started 6 months ago) was just dismissed, with forgiveness of past 6 months’ rent, due to the house illegally not being registered for 14 years.

Can the landlord be sued for past 14 years rent (over $100.000), for not telling... View More

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answered on Jan 30, 2024

In New Jersey, if a rental property is not properly registered, it can have significant legal implications for the landlord. In your case, where an eviction was dismissed and past rent forgiven due to the property's lack of registration for 14 years, you might be considering legal action... View More

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