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Archive: 2017

What to Do With a Tenant’s Personal Property After a Tenancy Ends

Posted December 29, 2017 in Landlord/Tenant Law

When a tenant vacates their rental property (and the tenancy ends), some personal property may be left behind.  In New Jersey, however, the Abandoned Tenant Property Statute applies certain restrictions to what landlords may do with such property.  Fundamentally, a landlord may not dispose of personal property left by a tenant without first allowing the tenant to recover their abandoned personal belongings — and this requirement is applicable in situations where the tenant was legally evicted or otherwise is not current on rent payments.

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New York Commercial Landlords Have No Mitigation Duty

Posted December 15, 2017 in Landlord/Tenant Law

In the state of New York, commercial landlords do not have a duty to mitigate their damages when a tenant is delinquent in their payments, vacates their property, and breaks their existing lease.  This is an incredibly favorable state of affairs for the commercial landlord, as the tenant cannot undermine the damage claim of the landlord (in a lawsuit to recover unpaid rent) by asserting that the landlord failed to make reasonable efforts to find a suitable replacement tenant.

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Understanding Rent Increases in New Jersey

Posted November 30, 2017 in Landlord/Tenant Law

In New Jersey, landlords are subject to regulation when it comes to increasing rent.  Landlords are entitled to increase the rent for their tenants, of course, but there are certain processes that they must adhere to, and certain limitations that restrict the degree to which they can change the rent.

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Tenants Must Control Their Pets

Posted November 17, 2017 in Landlord/Tenant Law | Author: Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq.

As a residential landlord, there are all manner of nuisances that you may have to contend with as you navigate the state of New Jersey’s landlord-tenant legal landscape.  Particularly in situations where there are multiple people in close proximity of one another (i.e., an apartment building, or multiple tenants living together in a house), there is a high likelihood of potential nuisances.

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