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NJ Tenant’s Rights

  • Security Deposits: Landlords must return the security deposit plus accrued interest within 30 days after the termination of the tenancy, minus any lawful deductions for unpaid rent or damages. Landlords must provide a written explanation of any deductions.
  • Rent Increases: In NJ, there are no specific laws regarding rent control or rent increase limitations at the state level. However, certain municipalities may have their own rent control ordinances. Landlords must provide tenants with written notice before increasing the rent. The required notice period varies based on the lease type (month-to-month or fixed-term). Notice is generally given by a landlord 60 days prior to the lease expiration date.
  • Repairs and Maintenance: Landlords are responsible for maintaining the premises in a habitable condition, including ensuring essential services like heat, hot water, and electricity. Tenants should promptly notify landlords in writing about any repair issues, and landlords must make necessary repairs within a reasonable time.
  • Right to Privacy: Tenants have the right to privacy, and landlords must provide reasonable notice before entering the rental unit, except in emergencies or with the tenant’s consent.
  • Evictions: Landlords must follow the proper legal procedures to evict a tenant, including providing written notices and obtaining a court order. Self-help evictions, such as changing locks or removing belongings without a court order, are illegal in NJ.
  • Anti-Discrimination: Landlords are prohibited from discriminating against tenants based on protected characteristics, such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, familial status, or age.
  • Lease Termination Notice: The notice period for terminating a lease agreement in NJ typically depends on the type of tenancy and the terms outlined in the lease agreement. For month-to-month tenancies, a 30-day written notice is usually required from either the landlord or tenant.
  • Retaliation: Landlords are prohibited from retaliating against tenants for exercising their rights, such as reporting code violations or organizing a tenant union.

It’s important to remember that this is not an exhaustive list, and there may be additional rights and responsibilities for tenants and landlords in New Jersey. Consulting the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) or seeking legal advice from a qualified professional can provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding tenant rights in NJ.