New Jersey Judiciary Information for Landlords

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This brochure gives you general information regarding the Landlord/Tenant Section of the New Jersey Superior Court, Special Civil Part.

Document Last Modified: 7/13/2023

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New Jersey Judiciary Information for Landlords

The eviction process varies from state to state, and the eviction process in New Jersey is anything but simple. As a landlord, it’s important that you know your rights and responsibilities when your tenants are in violation of your lease or rental agreement for any reason.

Whether you have a tenant who refuses to pay rent, one who exhibits disruptive behavior, and/or one of your tenants has willfully or through gross negligence damaged your property, you have the right to evict. However, it is not quite as simple as serving an eviction notice and changing the locks. In fact, changing the locks, intimidating your tenants, or otherwise attempting to carry out a DIY eviction is illegal and could result in significant fines and/or jail time. With the judiciary information for landlords in New Jersey presented in this document, you will have the information you need to ensure that you are within your rights and how to go about evicting a problematic tenant.

Who: This judiciary information for landlords is specifically compiled to assist landlords in understanding their rights and restrictions within the state of New Jersey.

What: This informational brochure includes all of the pertinent information that landlords need to understand the eviction process in New Jersey. Even if you are familiar with the eviction process in another state, you may not be aware of some specific laws pertaining to evictions in New Jersey. All landlords with rental properties in this state can benefit from reading this judiciary information for landlords in New Jersey.

When: Whether or not you have a problematic tenant and you believe that you should begin the eviction process, you can benefit from a better understanding of the process. Use this brochure if you need to evict a tenant or as a handy reference guide to brush up on your knowledge of evictions in New Jersey.

Important Note: In the state of New Jersey, if a tenant fails to pay rent, you have the right to take immediate legal action. In the case of failure to pay rent, you are not required to give notice to your tenants before you file for eviction unless your property qualifies as federally subsidized housing. This judiciary information for New Jersey landlords covers all eviction and nonpayment scenarios and how you may proceed in each.

Other Helpful Resources for New Jersey Landlords:

New Jersey Rental Forms and Templates

  • New Jersey Lease Agreement: This state-specific Lease is customizable and includes NJ laws.
  • New Jersey Security Deposit Receipt Disclosure: This disclosure is required any time a NJ Landlord collects a security deposit from Tenants. It documents where the deposit is held and the interest it’s accruing.
  • Rent Ledger: This form makes it EZ for Landlords to keep track of all rental payments. Should a Tenant ever be late with a rent payment, this form provides key documentation for Landlords.
  • New Jersey 3 Day Notice to Quit: If a Tenant causes property damage or gets a disorderly conduct violation, this is the Notice Landlords should use to initiate eviction proceedings.
  • New Jersey 30 Day Notice to Quit: This Notice should be used any time Tenants violate the Lease Agreement for reasons other than non-payment of rent.
  • New Jersey Notice to Cease: In certain circumstances, this Notice should be provided to Tenants before the Notice to Quit.
  • New Jersey Abandoned Property Notice: If a Tenant vacates or abandons a rental property and leaves property behind, this Notice should be used. It advises a Tenant that property will be stored for 30 days and then, if not claimed, sold or otherwise disposed of.
  • New Jersey Eviction Law: New Jersey eviction law is complicated. This resource provides Landlords with all key eviction information.

State-Specific Forms