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What should landlords know about New Jersey evictions?

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Eviction

Having rental properties can be a lucrative source of income, but that’s only the case if a landlord has tenants who pay on time and don’t damage the property. Unfortunately, almost every landlord has deal with the eviction process at some point.

The laws in New Jersey regarding residential evictions are complex. Understanding the basics of what’s allowed and what to expect during the eviction process is important for landlords.

Valid reason required for evictions

Before a landlord can start an eviction proceeding, they must have a valid reason that’s recognized by New Jersey law. A tenant failing to pay rent is a common reason for eviction, but it’s not the only one. Landlords can also seek an eviction if the tenant damages the property, has illegal activities on the property or breaks the terms of the lease.

Eviction process

The first step in the eviction process involves the landlord providing the tenant with a notice to quit or demand for rent, depending on the grounds for eviction. After the notice period expires, if the tenant hasn’t complied with the demands or vacated the property, the landlord can file a complaint with the New Jersey Superior Court, Special Civil Part.

During an eviction hearing, the landlord and the tenant can present state their sides of the argument. Landlords should bring the lease agreement, rental payment records and anything else that has to do with the eviction issue. A judgment for possession is issued if the landlord wins the case. This judgment allows the landlord to obtain a warrant for removal, which can be executed by a court officer. Landlords can’t use force or self-help methods to evict a tenant.

Because of the complexities of a residential eviction, landlords should obtain legal assistance as they navigate this matter. This can help to protect their interests throughout the process.