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I am from New Jersey. I have been reading the tenant/landlord laws. My tenant has been extremely late with the rent each month but more importantly, she is at least 3 quarters behind in paying the water bill. The water bill is actually attached as a tax lien if I don't pay it. Can I use this as grounds for eviction, or is eviction solely based upon non-payment of rent?
Julie F, NJ on Monday, January 7, 2013
RE: Non payment of utilities
If you listed in your lease that payment must be kept up to date on the water bill, and she has not done that, then she is in violation of the lease and you can serve a "perform or quit" notice to her.
Posted by Dawn A, WI on Monday, January 7, 2013
RE: Non payment of utilities
I don’t believe that the contract has to state that the utility has to be “kept up to date.” As long as your contract with tenant states that tenant is responsible for utilities, you can serve tenant with a Notice and possibly Eviction…..Also, in most cases landlord is responsible for the garbage bill, not the water bill, unless it’s a multi unit with out individual meters. Check with the city/water dept. . -----Disclaimer: Since I’ve been answering a lot of questions, I thought I would make the following statement. I’m not affiliated with EZlandlord Forms. I’m just here (not sure how long) to help those that have questions. Having 40+ yrs with Rental Property and done well, it’s my way of “Pay it Forward (check out the movie).” However, it is up to you to become familiar with your State/Local laws. I always like to know if the suggestions I offer are helpful. Feel free to comment anytime. Thanks in Advance. BTW...check out the Rental Property Organizer at Simp-List.com. Free Trial Download with data.
Posted by Bob R, CA on Monday, January 7, 2013
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