Landlords Need to Know the Risk in Retaining a Security Deposit

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Whether you’re a new landlord or a seasoned one, it’s something you need to know. Retaining a security deposit comes with its share of risks. In the end, it’s something that could cause more problems than its worth. Without question, renting property to tenants comes with its share of challenges. In some cases, problems arise […]

What Every Landlord Should Know about Assistance Animals

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Let’s face it. Some feel the concept of assistance animals has just gone too far.  In fact, just a year ago, United Airlines took steps in limiting the use of emotional support animals when a passenger attempted to bring a peacock on board a flight. Meanwhile, New Jersey landlords often need some guidance when it […]

Tenants Can be Evicted for More than Nonpayment of Rent

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If you every visit Union County’s Landlord Tenant Court, one thing is certain. You’ll walk away with the impression that the majority of evictions are premised on nonpayment of rent. No doubt some statistics support your instincts. Meanwhile, you should know that landlords can evict tenants for other reasons than their failure to make good […]

Why in the World Do Most Tenants Lack Legal Representation?

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Walk into any Landlord/Tenant courtroom and one thing is certain. When it comes to the landlords, most will have an attorney appearing on their behalf. However, tenants don’t engage in the same mindset. If they do show up for court, they almost always lack legal representation. Ever wonder why that’s the case? First things first. […]

What Happens to a Lease Agreement when a Tenant Dies?

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“Tomorrow is promised to no one.”  There’s no doubt in the validity of the statement or that death changes most everything. In fact, as a residential landlord, you may encounter some confusion when a tenant dies.  How does the death impact your lease agreement? First, you should know that NJSA 46:8-9.1 offers some insight concerning […]

Make Sure You Know the Law About Security Deposits

Just about every landlord understands the value of security deposits.  However, there are rules in place that must be followed.   In fact, every landlord should know the law.  Otherwise, they may find themselves in landlord/tenant court. Are you a landlord engaged in a dispute with a tenant over the security deposit refund? When it comes […]

When It Looks Like You Need to Evict a Commercial Tenant

If you’re a commercial landlord, you already know how hard it is to lease space.  Meanwhile, there may come a time that things just don’t work out right.  Truth be told, it could be as simple as needing to evict a commercial tenant for failure to pay the rent.  Of course, you’ll want to make […]

When Your Residential Tenant has Abandoned Property

As a landlord, you already know that renting an apartment or house includes its share of risk and frustration.   Unfortunately, one of the major hurdles occurs at the conclusion of tenancy.  What happens when your tenant has seemingly abandoned property?  Can you just throw it away? It’s not always predictable.  Some tenants may skip out […]

Converted Garages as Living Space: What You Need to Know

No doubt you already realize the challenge of finding affordable rentals in New Jersey.  For example, you may notice that some homeowners in cities like Elizabeth and Linden have converted garages into living space.  Is it legal to move into a converted garage?  Or, could your tenancy be short-lived? For the prospective landlord renting out […]

What Actually is the Purpose of the Anti-Eviction Act?

If you are a tenant facing removal, your last hope may seem to come from the Anti-Eviction Act.   Certainly, there is a law that restricts the ability of a landlord to oust you from your home.  Notwithstanding, landlords may find some solace in this part of the law.  It may prove to be extremely helpful. […]