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Grounds for Eviction in New Jersey
Several different scenarios can give landlords grounds for eviction in New Jersey. The reason for the eviction, the type of contract or lease, and the type of rental unit are what determine how to go about the process of evicting someone.
Most of the grounds for eviction are applicable no matter what type of rental unit the landlord owns; it is simply the process that differs. The only real exception to this rule is a unit that was rented as a temporary stay rather than actual living quarters, such as motels and seasonal housing.
When Can a Landlord Evict a Tenant in New Jersey
Failure to pay is one of the most common and valid reasons to evict a tenant in New Jersey. When tenants don’t pay the rent that they agreed to, the landlord has the right to petition the court to evict them.
There are a couple of exceptions to when a landlord can evict a tenant in New Jersey, which include the following:
- When the housing is federal housing, the landlord cannot file an eviction notice before they serve a notice to quit, which must be served within a couple of days before the eviction notice is filed.
- When the landlord is supposed to pay the utilities or a portion of the utilities, the renters cannot be evicted if they are using some or all of the funds to pay the utilities in order to prevent them from being disconnected.
Tenant Behavior and Grounds for Eviction
Behavior, including disorderly conduct and destruction of the property, are all usually legitimate reasons to evict renters. The tenants must be served a notice to cease and a notice to quit prior to filing for eviction. The notice to quit may not be served if the disorderly conduct stops after the notice to cease, but it may be served in cases of property damage.
Because this process can be confusing and must be followed properly in order to be legal, it’s important to work with an experienced lawyer from Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC.
Landlord Issues Affecting Eviction
If a landlord finds that a rental unit is not safe to occupy, decides to retire, or has sold the rental unit, the eviction process may begin. However, the landlord may be responsible for a portion of the cost of moving and any rent that is higher than the contracted amount if the lease hasn’t expired yet.
Experienced New Jersey Eviction Lawyers
There are other grounds for eviction in New Jersey, but you will need qualified eviction lawyers to examine the details of your case in order to determine the best way to move forward. Although you might think your grounds for eviction are clear, actually evicting your tenant may not be as simple as you think.
Let our experienced attorneys at Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC ensure that the process is carried out thoroughly and legally. Contact us by calling today or filling out the form below to arrange a time to meet for a free consultation.