Jean Baptiste & Associates
New Jersey Tenant Rights Lawyer
Lease compliance is the first step toward maintaining your tenant rights once you have taken up residence in a rental unit. If a landlord is violating your rights and you are complying with your lease, there are legal steps that can be taken to address the situation. While the first step should be to discuss the issue with the landlord, that does not always end well. The New Jersey tenant rights lawyers of Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC can help you understand exactly what your rights are and can determine if they are being violated.
Understanding Your Lease and Lease Violations
Most people are so excited to move into a new rental that they barely skim the lease before signing. However, it’s important that tenants examine and read through their lease carefully before signing. Once you sign it, both you and the landlord need to comply with the terms described therein. However, the landlord may change the terms of the lease when it is up for renewal or may not uphold his or her obligations under the existing lease. If this happens, you should address the situation in writing so that there is documentation. If you never read through your lease to begin with, however, you may not catch changes or violations later. Our lawyers can create any necessary documents and help you remedy the situation before it becomes any worse. If you need help understanding the terms of your lease, we can help ensure your rights aren’t violated.
Legal Action and Tenant Rights
In some instances, it is the right of the tenant to withhold rent when the landlord fails to meet the agreed upon conditions of the lease. For example, New Jersey law states that tenants have a right to live in a unit that is fit for human habitation. This means that, for example, if the roof falls in, the landlord needs to fix it in order to remain in compliance with New Jersey law as well as the terms of the lease. If the landlord fails to fix the roof, the tenant may not be obligated to pay the rent and legal action may follow.
Why You Need a Tenant Rights Lawyer
Tenants often feel as if they are at the mercy of the landlord. However, our New Jersey tenant rights lawyers can make sure you retain your rights as a tenant and receive fair and legal treatment. The landlord-tenant relationship should be a simple matter of following the terms of the lease and any applicable laws, but there are circumstances that complicate the simplicity of this relationship. Make sure you have an experienced legal team on your side who represents your best interests. You don’t have to accept unfair treatment from a landlord.
If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a landlord or a tenant, we can help. Call Jean Baptiste & Associates, LLC or contact us online to schedule a consultation.