In recent years, the percentage of households renting their home has risen above 40 percent for the first time in American history. As reported by the Pew Research Center, the number of American renters has continued to rise steadily since the early 2000’s. As such, it has become more common for tenants and landlords to find themselves with disputes over issues ranging from security deposits to evictions to discriminatory practices. While many individuals shrug off these matters as relatively minor, there is no question that disputes between landlords and tenants can carry serious legal and practical consequences.
Today, our tenants’ rights attorneys will define New Jersey landlord and tenant regulations, identify common disputes, and discuss how renter discrimination is more common than most people realize.
Union County, NJ Landlord and Tenant Dispute Lawyer
New Jersey state laws which govern the actions of landlords, tenants, subletters, and so on are extensive. However, the majority of the legal questions our Union County real estate attorney sees tends to stem from the following issues:
- Security Deposits – required security deposit payments may not be in excess of one and half (1.5) times the monthly rent due. Deposits must be returned within 30 days of the tenant moving away from the property under normal circumstances. Security deposits must be returned within five (5) days in the case of an emergency such as a flood or property condemnation
- Landlord Disclosures – there are a litany of required disclosures that landlords must provide to tenants at the beginning of a rental period, including but not limited to the New Jersey Truth in Renting Act, flood zone information, child protection information, and more
- Late fees – tenants have the legal right to take up to 30 additional days past a due date to make rental payments before the landlord may move to evict
- Eviction – there are a number of different reasons why a landlord may evict a tenant. It is recommended that you contact a Union attorney if you have any questions about your rights as a landlord or tenant in an eviction scenario
- Landlords Rights to Access Property – landlords do not have unfettered access to their properties. They must provide adequate notice (minimum of one (1) day) and adhere to state laws
Plainfield Renters’ Rights Attorneys Discuss Landlord Discrimination Laws
Renters are covered by what is known as “Fair Housing Laws“. At the most basic level, it is illegal to discriminate against individuals for any of the reasons listed below. This may include denying a rental application, raising rent, advertise or state a preference alluding to any of these categories, or terminating an existing tenancy. As of the publication of this article, there are currently seven (7) protected classes pursuant to the U.S. Fair Housing Act:
- Familial status (married vs. non-married, etc.)
- Physical appearance, skin color, etc.
- National origin
If you or a loved one feel that you have been discriminated against as a tenant, or if you are a landlord who would like to avoid any potential legal issues, contact a Plainfield estate attorney today. You don’t need to fight these legal battles alone.
Having Issues with a Landlord or Tenant? Contact our Linden Real Estate Attorneys Today
Real estate attorney Edward Cooper understands that when it comes to landlord-tenant disputes, there are always two sides to the story. That is why he is proud to serve both renters and property owners throughout Union County communities including Linden, Westfield, Plainfield, Elizabeth, Union, Scotch Plains, and across all of Northern New Jersey. Real estate law can be quite complex and contentious, especially when issues such as eviction or discrimination come into play. Allow our experienced legal team to provide the support you need as either a tenant or a landlord to protect your legal rights in New Jersey.