The most common complaint filed by landlords in New Jersey is a complaint for eviction. The process to evict a tenant in New Jersey is not always an easy one. This is because the law can differ based on the relationship that exists between the landlord and the tenant. For example, commercial landlords in New Jersey are subject to one set of laws for eviction and most residential tenancies are subject to another set of laws. Depending on what law applies will determine when and how a landlord may evict a tenant in New Jersey.
The majority of evictions in New Jersey Landlord Tenant Courts fall within the Anti-Eviction Act. This Act allows New Jersey landlords to evict a tenant for many reasons, including the following:
- The tenant does not pay rent as it is due.
- The tenant is disruptive or disorderly.
- The tenant destroys or damages the property.
- The tenant violates the terms of the lease.
- The tenant breaks the lease.
- The tenant repeatedly does not pay rent on time.
- The tenant has been convicted of certain crimes.
Even when a New Jersey landlord has cause to evict a tenant, a landlord may still have to fulfill certain requirements before filing a complaint. This may include forwarding warning notices to the New Jersey tenant. If a landlord does not comply with these notice requirements, the landlord’s case can be dismissed and the landlord may even have to pay certain costs. This makes it important to consult a New Jersey attorney to ensure compliance with New Jersey laws. The Cintron Firm has handled evictions throughout New Jersey, including Hackensack, Paramus, Fort Lee, East Orange, Newark, Irvington, Paterson, Morristown, Dover, and Hanover. If you are seeking to evict a tenant, please feel free to contact us for a consultation.