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Q: You can give the landlord the keys for not paying rent if there was a judgement without you being notified in nj
Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Dec 10, 2020

The question is confusing. Has the Landlord rejected your proffer of the keys. Secondly, how do you know that some sort of judgment was entered by-the court if you didn't receive notice. Please restate your situation in a clearer more understandable fashion.

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Q: Can I move out without giving a notice? No written lease, my landlord already filed a complaint in eviction court.

There is no court date yet. I want to move out soon but I’m afraid that they gonna give me hard time when they know the move out date. They already try to shut off the hot water and electricity and I had to call the police.

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Dec 2, 2020

Yes, but you will remain liable for the rent past due and not paid as well as rent for the remainder of the lease. Although, in order to collect the ongoing rent, the Landlord must make reasonable efforts to relet the premises. If the new rental is for the same amount or more, the Landlord keeps... Read more »

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Q: My tanent has Threaten me and my first fl multiple time and I am in the process of eviction what can I do to speed it up

It is get bad to a point that my 1st floor doesn't want to bump in to 2nd fl same as I

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Nov 29, 2020

You don't have to wait for a complaint to be filed. Advise the Landlord (LL) you will move out voluntarily if date can be mutually determined, If you have a security deposit, set a date for mutual inspection with the LL ad return of the security deposit and delivery of the keys to the LL.

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Q: My tenant threaten me and the hole first floor I am in process but I need him out before anything happens what should do

My tanent has Threaten me and my first fl multiple time and I am in the process of eviction what can I do to speed it up

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Nov 28, 2020

Please rewrite your question, The one you have posed is unintelligible.

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Q: My boyfriend lives in a New Jersey apartment. His lease ended in April during the start of covid.

His landlord never sent him a new lease or any information regarding rent. He stopped paying rent. 7 months later they finally contacted him and are now trying to evict him for unpaid rent. Can they do this? What can he do?

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Nov 23, 2020

Your boyfriend needs to pay the rent.

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Q: Asthmatic trache tenat need new wall. HAVE no place to go n landlord is refusing pay 4 hotel. Weather conditions inside

The cold air, moisture from rain come through this home from outside in. Around the never used closed off A.C. casting. HE wants to put new sheetrock. Medically I can not be inside the apartment. I have absolutely no one I can stay with. It's been 2 years of my COMPLAINTS and I faithfully... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Nov 21, 2020

Your situation is complex and beyond the scope of a Justia direct answer. If a NJ resident, I would suggest you contact the Municipal and/or the County Welfare Board for assistance. An alternative source of assistance may be the Legal Aid Society. Contact the County Bar Association for more... Read more »

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Q: I have an issue with my landlord concerning duty to mitigate; landlord is ignoring me as well.

Hello,

I have an issue with my landlord. I signed a year lease but would like to move out early due to excessive noise in the apartment. I understand that in my state (New Jersey) there is a legal obligation of the landlord to mitigate damages. My landlord briefly showed the apartment (over... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Nov 19, 2020

You are correct in your assessment of Landlord's duty to mitigate damages. Keep a daily journal of all events concerning your tenancy, landlord's failure to provide 'quiet enjoyment' (A term of art as required in all leases) because of other tenants' noise, and failure to... Read more »

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Q: What if my landlord does not want to renew my lease are do month to month during covid
Derek John Soltis
Derek John Soltis answered on Nov 17, 2020

Your location says Noncock, OH, but the question is posted in New Jersey? If you are in New Jersey the evictions courts are not really working at this time. Cases can be filed, but the sheriff's are not performing lock outs.

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1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: Since i wont date my landlord he has put my house for sale I pay my rent on time, what can I do?

I have been living there for five years,each of those years I've had to deal with him popping up and bringing me gifts,showing up walking around the windows,and just walking in saying he had to drop something off.I have always laughed him off, told him I did not feel comfortable but he... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Nov 15, 2020

There are two issues raised in your question.

The first is the Landlord coming into your apartment uninvited and harassing you generally. Wheteher you have a written or oral lease you are entitled to quiet enjoyment. The landlord is breaching this provision of the lease.As such, you may...
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Q: My landlord sold my rental home (single family) and served me a 30 day notice to move. This is during the pandemic.

We do not have the funds to relocate at this time. He also did not renew our yearly lease which was due end of February and when I requested it he gave me a month to month instead. What can I do to prevent my family of 6 to be removed from out home during these times.

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Nov 9, 2020

There are a number of issues involved which are not described. One important item is whether this is an owner occupied dwelling. Secondly, was the month to month renewal in writing or oral? Was there a change in the terms other than than just the change to month to month? Was there a rental... Read more »

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Q: Are landlords required to accept more than 1 form of payment in NJ? My landlord said I have to pay with a money order.

I paid the deposit with a cashiers check and now they are telling me I have to pay the first months rent with a money order. Are they allowed to do this? Can't I pay with a cashier's check again?

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Oct 23, 2020

Unless, the lease specifies the method of payment, any form of good funds are acceptable forms of payment. You can also pay by wire transfer directly into the landlord's account. Cash is also legal tender for all debts public and private.

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Q: What happens when I receive a Notice to Quit
Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Oct 21, 2020

Address the issue raised. There are a very limited statutory reasons permitting a Landlord to serve a notice to quit. Some of the permitted reasons require a Notice to Cease with sets forth the issue and the time period during the deficiency must be cured. There is no self help permitted in NJ. All... Read more »

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Q: I’ve been harassed by the landlord Constantly. He rang my bell at 12 AM & another night at 3 AM, & banged on door to

What can I do about this. I know there’s a moratorium in force Until January 2021 that no one can be evicted. Banged on door to close Windows early in the morning

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Oct 20, 2020

As a tenant you have the right to expect quiet enjoyment. This means that no one, including the landlord, can harass you. Send the L.L. a letter, demand he cease his harassment. Deliver it personally with a friend or certified first class maik; if it were to continue, go to you local police... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: My lease ends this month. And want to move out. Ll is stating we have to give 30 days notice but was previously ok with

3 weeks notice aprtment has mice and we have a 2 yr old daughter can I fight this

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Oct 16, 2020

Is it a written lease or oral. If written, check to see if there is any language concerning requirement to give 30 notice to terminate. Generally if you overstay beyond the termination date, the lease is automatically renewed on the same terms. So be sure you completely vacated on or before the... Read more »

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Q: Washer leaking, which causes flooding in apartment. Reported to landlord weeks ago. Landlord dismisses emails and calls.

My washer is in a shallow closet in the open area of my loft apartment. When it leaks, water goes under the door and out into the living area. I have slipped on water twice, and a guest of my almost broke her ankle when she slipped. I placed a towel at the door, but that does nothing to stop the... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Oct 13, 2020

Firstly, you may rest assured that whatever appropriate action you may decide to take, the landlord cannot resort to self help.

My suggest is to do the following.

1) Start and maintain a log of the dates and times of the flooding occurrences. Keep a record of expenses you've...
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Q: Can the landlord put a boot on your vehicle if you haven’t paid your rent in full?

My rent is 1400 a month I’ve currently only paid 970 for this month. Because I didn’t pay it in full my landlord is threatening to put a boot on my vehicle. Is he allowed to do so. Nothing was put in the lease that he could do that and he wants to charge an additional hundred dollars to get it... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Sep 27, 2020

First and foremost, in NJ, self help is not permitted. Secondly, without a Court order, no one can take nor deprive you of your property. If the Landlord will not voluntarily remove the illegal boot immediately, file a criminal complaint against the Landlord by going to your municipal police... Read more »

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Q: What NJ statute states a landlord cannot change a lease without the tenants agreement, initials or signature?

They added an end date, when it says for a minimum of 3 months for length of lease. Now she refuses rent, and it was from the state auto deposited with her approval. She contacted them, not me and stated she refuses any more rent. Help, she claims I'm cauding irreparable harm, an OTSC was... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Sep 26, 2020

No written document can be changed by one party after both have signed. Further, self-help is illegal in New Jersey. In addition, when you rented your apartment did the Landlord obtain a Certificate of Habitability from the town? Did you pay a security deposit? If so, were you provided with the... Read more »

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Q: I have a signed contract To a property I am purchasing. The renter is refusing to let anyone in to inspect/appraise.

What are my rights with a binding contract? There is no lease. Renter wants to purchase but has bad credit and no money. She is claiming she is not healthy to look for another place yet is out and about.

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Sep 16, 2020

An very interesting situation! Is there a written lease between the the seller and the reluctant tenant? The lease may contain language concerning the Landlord's right to inspect the premises. If not, the Landlord/Seller must take affirmative steps to make it possible for you to inspect,... Read more »

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Q: I was giving a notice to quite my lease and no court date but told to get out on the 22 is that legal

I was not giving a court date just told that if I am not out by the end of the month there gonna lock my door I don’t know what to do

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Sep 10, 2020

Self help is not not legal in NJ. A landlord may try to trick you into leaving voluntarily. But a legal warrant for eviction may only be issued by the court. The landlord would need to file a complaint which must state one of the recognized grounds for eviction for the court to have jurisdiction to... Read more »

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Q: My landlord filed bankruptcy and is stating that supersedes/overrides our lease that expires in 2021, is that true?
Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Sep 6, 2020

Your question is an interesting one raising a number of issues which are beyond the scope of this forum. I would suggest you speak to a bankruptcy attorney or a local Legal Aid Office in your community.

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