What NOT to Do When Evicting Tenants in New Jersey
New Jersey has strict laws that govern renting in the state, so as a landlord or renter, it is not always easy to know what NOT to do when evicting tenants. You may be well-versed in some of the past laws, but New Jersey’s real estate laws are continuously changing, so it can be helpful to have an attorney who is familiar with the past, current, and upcoming changes in order to help you be prepared.
Above all, be aware that some landlord-tenant laws that are in place can cause a landlord to face criminal charges, so it is incredibly important to make certain you understand both your rights and your tenant’s. Working with a knowledgeable real estate lawyer from Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC is the best way to ensure that you have all of the legal angles covered for your eviction case.
Below are some of the things you should never do when evicting tenants in New Jersey, as well as some of the ways in which we can help you with the eviction process:
Don’t Forget the Truth in Renting Bulletin
All New Jersey landlords are required to give tenants a copy of the Truth in Renting bulletin produced by the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. If you forget to give your tenants this bulletin, you may find that you have no legal ground on which to stand when attempting an eviction, and you could face fines and other penalties when you try to proceed. The bulletin provides tenants with the information they need in order to be fully aware of their own rights as tenants.
Never Perform a Self-Help Eviction
One of the biggest differences between New Jersey and other states is that New Jersey does not allow landlords to perform self-help evictions. These evictions happen when a landlord changes locks, removes a tenant’s property, or otherwise prevents the tenant from accessing a rental unit or its contents.
Instead, landlords need to follow the exact steps required for the particular type of eviction they are trying to carry out. To be on the safe side, it is always best to consult with the experienced eviction lawyers from our firm throughout the process.
Don’t Skip the Notice to Quit
The notice to quit comes before an actual eviction in New Jersey. This notice gives warning to the tenant that an eviction may be imminent unless they comply with the options you have provided, which should be within reason.
For example, if a tenant has violated one of the terms of the lease, you may be required to provide this notice demanding that the tenant stop the action in question. In most cases, this step is required before you file for an eviction and is not something you want to omit from the process. In addition to the notice to quit, our firm can help you manage any of the documentation your eviction requires.
Don’t Evict Without Legal Counsel from Experienced Eviction Lawyers
Knowing what NOT to do when evicting tenants in New Jersey may be just as important as knowing what to do. You don’t want to make a costly mistake by attempting to navigate the eviction process without an experienced eviction lawyer. Consult an attorney from Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC to make certain you follow the proper procedures. Don’t put your property on the line by attempting to figure out eviction laws yourself.
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