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Q: I wrote my landlord in New Jersey regarding removal of cameras or escrow account.

I informed my landlord that if she doesn’t remove the cameras that her tenant friend, whom I have police reports on for harassment, installed in the hallway pointed at my doors I will open an escrow account and deposit rent on time until they are removed. Her response is that I need to show her... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 25, 2023

Open the escrow account, pay your tent timely, send copy of deposit receipt to landlord. There is no self help permitted in NJ for evictions by a landlord. Statutory proceeds must be followed. A court appearance would be required, You will have an opportunity to explain the situation to a judge.... Read more »

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Q: Upon ternation of the lease and tenant being given the letter billing a. How many days does tenant does have to respond

Apartment in Pennsauken NJ

What law applies

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 25, 2023

The question posed does not give enough information in order to give a cogent

response.

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Q: Why would a landlord ask a tenant to complete W9 for an escrow account? Who collects the interest, pays taxes?

Escrow account for security deposit. Who collects the interest and who pays taxes on the interest?

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 18, 2023

The bank where the escrow will be opened requires a W-9. No W-9, no account. NJ law requires that a tenant's security deposit be placed in an interest bearing account. The interest earned is split between the tenant and landlord.

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Q: How do I get legal representation against the landlord?

In addition to rent withholding in an escrow account, how much will it cost to get legal guidance in dealing with the landlord so that she takes the matter seriously and act quickly to remove the cameras? Consultation etc.

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 17, 2023

Call your county bar association for a recommendation or check Justia.com

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Q: What if the tenant points cameras at a neighbor’s door without consent and the landlord does nothing after complaints?

The tenant installed the cameras in the back and front hallway, upstairs, on the second floor of a four family apartment dwelling. The cameras are aimed at the doors of the adjacent tenant who shares the second floor and filed harassment complaints against her on multiple occasions. The landlord is... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Advise the Landlord that your rent payments will be paid timely into a separate designated escrow account until the Landlord removes the offending camera.

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Q: Is it legal for a tenant to install cameras in an apartment hallway in New Jersey, outside of their unit?
Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Only with written permission from the Landlord unless there is a provision in the lease which permits this.

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Q: What is the current Statute of limitations on commercial property lease. For example tenant stopped paying his lease.

Tentant moved out and Four months of uncollected rent since September of 2017.

Matthew Schutz
Matthew Schutz
answered on Jan 16, 2023

I am unclear on what you mean by your question. Generally speaking, the statute of limitation on all contract actions is 6 years. Depending on when your tenant left in 2017, your coming up against the statute of limitations to sue him for the rent he owes.

If you are talking about filing an...
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Q: I need to have my 33 yr son move from my home. He refuses how can I have this happen?

Not on lease. He refuses to go. Does not pay rent or bills

Matthew Schutz
Matthew Schutz
answered on Jan 16, 2023

You would need to file an ejectment action. Ejectment is the remedy that you use where you have someone trespassing on your property. Since your son is 33 years old, he should be out on his own. Your obligation to support him ended when he turned 18. He needs to be given formal notice that he has... Read more »

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Q: I’m a landlord and a pipe burst and caused a leak in a tenant’s apartment and caused damage to a few of their items.

The lease says I’m not liable and they must have renters insurance. Also I’m in NJ. Per state law am I responsible for the damages to her items? I know I’m responsible for repairing the plumbing, the ceiling damage and carpet but her table, tv and chair is that on me?

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 8, 2023

Yes

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Q: Can a landlord buy a duplex, then immediately try to evict under NJSA 2A:18-53? If so, why do we have NJSA 2A:18-61.1(l)

The buyer moved into the other unit almost a year before closing. Nothing was ever said or sent about the buyer/owner wanting to personally occupy my unit. After closing, he refused rent/sent 30 day notice to quit (because the duplex is now owner-occupied, he doesn't need good cause). The... Read more »

Matthew Schutz
Matthew Schutz
answered on Jan 4, 2023

The problem you have is that under its terms the Anti-Eviction Act (AEA) does not apply to buildings which are 1) 3 units or less and 2) owner-occupied. When your new landlord moved into the building he removed your tenancy from the protections of the AEA. In that circumstance, the provisions of... Read more »

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Q: Commercial lease: New Jersey. Property owner attempts to bill for unperformed maintenance. What are the legal remedies?
Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 3, 2023

Pay into escrow account. Notify Landlord in writing with proof of deposit by certified mail return receipt required that payment will be released once the required work is done.

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Q: How long does it take to evict someone in NJ?

Selling a mixed use building with 2 residential units. A tenant who is family has not paid rent and no lease for several years. How long will it take to evict them?

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Jan 2, 2023

The time it will take depends mostly on the backlog in your county.

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Q: I own a single-family home in Sussex County New Jersey. Do I have to file a landlord registration with the state of nj?
Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Dec 28, 2022

If you intend to lease the property, you must register with the municipality. Failure to do will affect your ability to proceed with filing suit against a tenant. You must also have the property inspect for compliance with the municipal smoke detector ordinance,

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Q: Landlord wants to evict me do they need to provide forms with the cause for the eviction or can they verbally evict me
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Dec 15, 2022

Evictions procedures are governed by NJ statutes. The process must be strictly adhered to by the Landlord. Included in the statute is giving required notice which must be for a reason listed in the statute. There is no self help nor lockouts for residential leases permitted in New Jersey. In order... Read more »

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Q: Is there a legal document i can obtain from an attorney protecting me from eviction as I purchase a home ?

Due to my work requirements I have had to train and rehabilitate animals . I have notified my apartment of my intentions of purchasing a home . However, they continue to send me letters of cease . I’d there anything I can do to prevent eviction as I finish my home buying journey . I always pay on... Read more »

Matthew Schutz
Matthew Schutz
answered on Dec 8, 2022

I don't understand the point of the question. While my colleague Mr. Gelb is correct, you can't make the landlord promise not to evict you, assuming that you are covered under New Jersey's anti-eviction act, you can't be evicted unless you violate 1 of 17 different restrictions.... Read more »

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Q: I live in Galloway NJ and my landlord is trying to raise my rent by 200 is that allowed is a lot for a single mother
Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Dec 6, 2022

Check with your municipality to see whether there is a rent stabilization or rent control ordinance in existence. Also call your County Legal Aid office for assistance.

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Q: How much can a landlord raise the rent on a home in Millville, NJ?

My new landlord bought my home in October 2022. He raised my rent from $965.00 to $1250.00 per month and had me sign a 2 month lease which brings me to the end of the year. Now he has decided that he will be raising my rent beginning Jan. 1. He wants to raise it to 1500 or 1600 per month. Is he... Read more »

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

Check with the municipality if there is some rent control or stabilization program in effect. Also call your county's legal aid office for assistance. Otherwise the Landlord can charge whatever is deemed to be in the Landlord's best economic interest.

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Q: Ive bin perm disabld since april2014. Reside w bf n his parents2020. Parents filed order writ of possessio. My rights?

Wat rights do I have being disabled. There is no lease and parents refused to accept any monies we offered. Wat r our options?

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Dec 1, 2022

Your rights are no greater than the rights of the tenant from whom you are subletting.

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Q: Will a special civil part officer remove all occupants or only the tenants named in the paperwork/warrant for removal?
Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Nov 20, 2022

The special civil constable will remove everyone and all items located in the leased premises.

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Q: Landlord not returning security deposit because they didn’t receiver letter that I was no renewing

Moved out end of September. I sent them letter via Mail that I was not renewing in august. They said they never got letter when I called early September. Now over a month later they are not giving it back because they didn’t get enough notice

Morris Leo Greb
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Morris Leo Greb
answered on Nov 14, 2022

You may file suit in Special Civil Part for return of the security deposit. If you win, you will be awarded an amount double the security deposit. If you retain an attorney and win, the landlord will be required to pay your legal fees.

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