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Q: NJ tenant. Landlords repeatedly failed to repair/maintain. No landlord registration/certificate of smoke detector compl

I contacted township due to safety concerns I had over removal of leaking oil tank in my basement. Landlords then repeatedly threatened to evict. County DOH came out to inspect. Landlords insist they don’t have to “accommodate” my schedule making repairs required by DOH. Won’t provide... Read more »

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

Become proactive. Open an escrow checking or savings account. Notify in writing ( best to use certified mail return receipt required) to the Landlord that the monthly rent will be placed into the escrow account until all required repairs are scheduled to your satisfaction and are completed by... Read more »

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Q: My family bought 2 family house with a tenant that has a lease from old owner agreement .lease will expire soon ?

We do not want to renew lease because

Our family is getting bigger and we need to occupi it?? What are my opptions??

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

Don't renew. It is your property, you can make whatever decision as to leasing that suits your needs.

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Q: When we bought this house we my family agreed in the terms of old owner that he gave our tents a 3 year lease? Now lease

Will expire? My sons getting married

They have no place to live??

Our family needs to occupi all floors aprtment?? Its a two family house in n.j.? Whats the best way to proceed without any problems??

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

You question fails to state whether the lease was in writing or not. Leases for more than a year must be writing to be enforceable. You may by following statutory Court procedure seek to evict the existing tenants. If the lease is in writing, I do not believe that you will be successful in any... Read more »

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Q: Should I not pay my partial rent as LL failed to fix bathroom ceiling leak problem??

I am a decent tenant paying rent each month and following lease. I live in NJ. I got bathroom ceiling leak problem since 1 month. LL says this is due to tenant living upstairs using extra hose and not keeping bathroom floor dry enough. LL says they tried to request him to remove attachment as... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jul 15, 2021

Open an escrow checking account. Pay into that account an amount equal to the withheld rent on a timely basis. In form the LL that you will release the escrow to him once the necessary repairs are performed. Be sure that the amount of rent withheld is reasonable considering the work to be done.

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Q: How do I get a tenant out of my condo in which I own and use as my primary place

Month to month

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jul 11, 2021

Follow the procedures set NJ Statutes for eviction proceedings. Check out the link NJCourts.gov.

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Q: please see below

I have a house in NJ and a squatter living in there. I tried getting the squatter out but could not because of Covid laws. I sued in civil court and won a judgement of $14000 against the squatter.

When the court clerk called the squatter to make sure she got the court summons she told the... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 25, 2021

The first thing that you should do is proceed to enforce collection of the judgment. The procedure involves utilizing the services of a Court Officer. You may wish to begin by either doing the necessary paper work yourself, retain a credit adjustment company, or retain the services of an attorney.... Read more »

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Q: Can my landlord make me get rid of my animals?

I have a cat and dog. I pay extra on rental insurance for my dog. My dog got into a fight with the neighbors dog which both were at fault and no dog was injured. Now my landlord said I have to get rid of all animals. I have had both cat and dog for the 17 years I've lived there

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 25, 2021

The answer depends on the language in the lease covering pets. If the is no such language, what agreement had been reached when the pet issued was first approved. Also remember that most lease have an ant- waiver provision that means that if the landlord fails to enforce a provision in the lease... Read more »

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Q: Landlord took 2 months rent and security. Now says I can’t afford rent. Won’t let me move in. I have signed lease.

Will be homeless as my living arrange end the day before I was scheduled to move.

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

In NJ, by law, the Landlord can only take a month and a half security deposit, must deposit the money into a tenant interest bearing trust account, and provide with name of bank, account number and bank address. Also, prior to moving in the Landlord must provide with a Certificate of Habitability... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Constitutional Law, Landlord - Tenant and Municipal Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can my HOA prohibit me from displaying the American Flag that has the thin blue & red line in support of Police and Fire

At one of the HOA meetings I attended (virtually) I asked if I could display the American Flag that had the thin blue and red line honoring firefighters and police officers (I have both of these heroes in my family) and one the members of the ARB barely let me finish my sentence before saying no... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 11, 2021

This is a complicated question which requires an examination of the organic documents of the HOA as well as a review of the history of the HOA in permitting outside displays. Are front door or outdoor terrace railing displays permitted by the HOA? Are flags permitted to be displayed for Flag Day?

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Q: Reside in apartment complex in Bridgeton, NJ. One tenant has a surveillance camera in the foyer of the building.

Landlord is aware of tenant camera. Help!

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 9, 2021

Send a letter to the Landlord that he must take steps to have the camera removed or made inoperative. Further state that this must be accomplished immediately. Include a statement that rent will be withheld until the camera is no longer working. If you withhold the rent, tell the landlord you will... Read more »

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Q: Could I have my landlord replace the vinyl flooring due wear and tear after 11 years of living in the same apartment??

I moved into an apartment knowing that the vinyl flooring was already discolored and worn out. Soon after, the flooring began expelling noxious fumes and black dots were appearing all over the floor. I bought two expensive electrostatic air purifiers towers to help me breath better at first, and... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 7, 2021

If there is a written lease, review the lease to see what provisions are included in the lease concerning repairs. If there is no written lease, you have a valid argument that the floor repair is the landlord's responsibilty.

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Q: I would like to know if a landlord is responsible for replacing wood rot and warped flooring in an apartment rental?

I asked the landlord to replace the floors and they said they wouldn’t until I moved from the apartment.

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jun 6, 2021

If there is a written lease, the obligation to repair should be governed by the terms of the lease. If no written lease, I believe since the flooring is part of the structure, the obligation to repair is on the landlord.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Can a Landlord in NJ not renew my lease if we have a conversation and they say I'm being definsive.

My landlord said they will not renew my lease,after sending me one notice to Cease,In regards to my son smoking weed in the hallway,They then called me to the office to speak with me about another incident reported to them by the maintenance man, I stated that it was not true,so upon me responding... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on May 30, 2021

A landlord need not give a reason for non-renewal of a lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: In response to Morris Leo Greb, follow-up Question

Sending the certified letter you suggested would not violate the “no contact” directive of the restraining order? He won’t pay for removal, I’m sure, so can My sister take him to small claims court without violating no contact directive?

Q. When are personal effects considered... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on May 24, 2021

I was unaware of the "No Contact" order. So file a complaint in small claims for cost of removal. You can fo this pro se. Go to www.NJCourts.gov. The Claims Division may decide not to hear the matter as the appropriate Court would be the one that issued the 'No Contact' order... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: When are personal effects considered abandoned in New Jersey? No lease in effect & housemate under a Perm RO for DV.

My sister in NJ allowed a disabled vet friend (at the time) to live in her house in exchange for help with upkeep of the premises, which he did not do as time passed. He gave her money towards his groceries. There was no written agreement and no lease.

Unknown to her at the time. he... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on May 23, 2021

I would just call a junk removal company and have it removed. There is apparently no way for you to find him, so why leave your house at risk?

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Q: What can I do if the owner of the property towes my vehicle?

I live at the apartment complex and my vehicle was towed. I normally park in the garage that I pay an extra $100 To park in. I had it parked in the garage for a few days and took it out to run some errands. Today I come outside to Move it and to my surprise, it’s gone. It’s funny that I emailed... Read more »

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

File a pro se (representing yourself) action in Small Claims Court naming the Landlord and Towing company as co-defendants. If you go to NJCourts. gov on the web, you find find the necessary information to proceed. This way, a judge will decide which party is in the right.

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Q: My lease terms 8/1/21. My Landlord has referenced putting up for sale. Can he refuse to renew lease?

He wants to do work in the home before he lists it. Everything I'm reading says that he can't refuse to renew a lease.

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on May 18, 2021

The Landlord can impose new conditionsin a renewal lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Can a tenant deny entry for house showings claiming COVID exposure concerns?

The current tenants lease will expire soon. I provided notice that we will be selling the home and the lease terms denote that we can show the home to prospective renters/buyers. He is denying us access to the show the home to prospective buyers using concerns of covid exposure as the rationale. Is... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on May 16, 2021

Generally, unless an emergency such as repairing a burst water pipe, access to the premises must be given but at the convenience of the tenant.

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Q: Does my landlord have to be specific about when they want to enter?

My landlord wants to do HUD inspection (which is fine) but they said between 5/17/21-6/3021. This is in NJ.

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

Unless anemergency necessitates immediate access, access should be arranged with the agreement of landlord and tenant.

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Q: Recd notice to cease and reason is false. I am month to month. Can I answer lawyer with my proof?

Cease claims I'm not showing property to broker no broker has gotten in touch yet. Phone records will prove this.

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on May 5, 2021

Yes, but do so with copies. Keep the original documents until you need to produce them if this matter results in a complaint being filed.

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