Apartment Security Deposits in New Jersey

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New Jersey – like many other states – has enacted laws to protect tenants’ security deposits while they are being held by a landlord. Landlords who fail to meet these requirements can face financial penalties. It is important for landlords to understand their legal obligations – and for tenants to understand their rights. Attorney Lawrence […]

What is the Implied Warranty of Habitability?


As a landlord, it is your duty to understand and meet your legal obligations to tenants. Tenants can legally withhold rent if landlords fail to make repairs or correct other issues that make the premises uninhabitable. Don’t wait to seek legal advice until a dispute has already started. Lawrence M. Centanni is an experienced New […]

Resolving HOA Disputes

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As a property owner, a dispute with your homeowners’ association can drastically limit your property ownership rights. For this reason, if you are involved in a dispute, it is important to consult with a real estate attorney about your legal options. When HOAs are left unchallenged, they can continue restricting other owners’ rights. It is […]

How Title Issues Can Affect Your Real Estate Closing

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A thorough title inspection conducted by a real estate professional is one of the most important steps you take to protect your legal rights in a real estate transaction. It is critical to understand the common problems buyers and sellers can encounter in real estate transactions so that you know how to resolve them prior […]

The Importance of Having an Attorney Review Your Commercial Lease

If you are a business owner who is looking to open a brick-and-mortar location or considering moving your existing business, there is a good chance that there is a commercial lease in your future. A commercial lease is an agreement that specifies the rights and obligations of a landlord and tenant with respect to a […]

Buying a Building with New Tenants? Be Sure to Comply with Security Deposit Laws


Purchasing an investment property with existing tenants can be an attractive option for people looking to get into real estate. In an ideal world, you will have responsible tenants that cover your mortgage payment or provide you with reliable rental income every month. It’s important to remember, however, that you also have certain legal obligations […]

Court Rules that Tenants’ Counterclaim Blocked By Previous Pay-and-Go Settlement

A recent decision by a New Jersey appellate court panel establishes a new issue for many future landlord tenant cases,  that will prevent parties from raising issues related to a tenancy after reaching a “pay-and-go” consent judgment. In Raji v. Saucedo, the court upheld the trial court’s ruling the defendant’s counterclaim was barred because it […]

Purchasing a Multi-Family Home with Existing Tenants

When purchasing a multi-family property with tenants that are already living in the property, there are some particular issues that a landlord needs to watch out for.  Multi-family housing can be an excellent investment, particularly when there are already tenants in the building who will provide steady cash flow from the property from day one […]

Landlord Rights in NJ: Everything You Need to Know

Do you rent property to others? If so, you need to get to know your landlord rights in NJ. Knowing your rights will ensure you make all the right moves. Over 35% of New Jersey residents live in rental housing. This high amount of renters puts rental housing availability in huge demand. That level of […]

No Certificate of Occupancy is Not a Bar to Eviction

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Way back when in 2001 a New Jersey landlord that had grounds to evict a tenant for non-payment of rent or for other causes under landlord tenant law, could be barred simply because the property did not have a certificate of occupancy. Although the requirements vary from town to town, a certificate of occupancy is […]