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New Jersey Eviction Process
New Jersey has strict laws when it comes to evicting tenants, and not every eviction is processed in the same manner. Before a tenant can ever be required to vacate the premises, a Judgment for Possession must first be entered by the court. There is even more additional documentation that has to be served before a tenant even has to worry about eviction. If a landlord fails to follow proper guidelines and laws regarding eviction, the New Jersey eviction process may fail, and the landlord may even have to pay out-of-pocket expenses.
What Is a Notice to Cease?
A Notice to Cease is given when a specific tenant behavior is in violation of the lease or needs to stop for some other reason. For example, the lease may not say that the tenant cannot commit a crime on the premises, but the landlord can still serve a Notice to Cease if criminal activity is taking place. A Notice to Cease can also apply to actions such as nonpayment or late payment of rent. A lease should contain the rules and regulations as well as the consequences for breaking them; however, without first issuing a written notice to comply or Notice to Cease, a landlord cannot proceed with an eviction. It’s important that you have an experienced legal team to make sure the proper documents are submitted and that the eviction is carried out according to the law.
Notice to Quit Definition
The Notice to Quit is given when the lease has come to an end. This notice is not just for evictions; it can also be an indication that the current lease is ending and may be replaced with a new one. In most cases, the landlord cannot file for an eviction without first giving a Notice to Quit. Whether you are notifying your tenant that the lease is ending or dealing with an eviction, the lawyers at Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC can ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Physical Removal from Property
In New Jersey, no landlord has the right to lock a tenant out in order to evict them. Landlords also cannot shut off utilities or take any other actions that might interfere with the tenant’s ability to get inside the home and use it as usual. If physical removal is necessary, the landlord needs to contact the local police for assistance. This can become a complicated situation for the landlord and tenant, and it can be difficult figuring out exactly what your rights are.
We Can Help Throughout the Eviction Process
The New Jersey eviction process is so complicated that without the assistance of an experienced lawyer, a landlord could actually end up owing the tenant money. A failed eviction could also result in having to allow the tenants to stay in the home, even if they are not paying rent on time. Don’t risk making a costly mistake. Instead, call Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC or contact us online to schedule a consultation.