Skilled New Jersey Lawyer Works to Resolve Landlord-Tenant Conflicts
Accomplished Garden State firm assists with all types of lease disputes
New Jersey law sets forth the general rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords, while lease contracts are used to provide more specific terms of any given landlord-tenant agreement. When the actions of a landlord or tenant violate an express or implied provision, the other party may use legal channels to remedy the situation. At the Law Offices of James C. Zimmermann, we help clients assert their rights and pursue favorable outcomes in cases where the breach of a lease is alleged as well as other types of disputes. With offices in Vernon, Wayne, Pompton Lakes, Hackensack and Nutley, we advise and represent individuals throughout North Jersey.
Seasoned attorney assists with common apartment and house rental disputes
Numerous potential conflicts can arise between landlords and renters. We advocate for New Jersey clients in a full range of cases, including those involving accusations of:
- Withheld payments — A tenant can only withhold rent in certain circumstances, such as if a landlord fails to make important repairs. A landlord may only deduct from a security deposit for unpaid rent or property damage beyond normal wear and tear.
- Hazardous or damaged property — Landlords have a duty to remedy known hazards at a property. The tenant is responsible for respecting the residence and not inflicting serious damage.
- Landlord visits — A landlord cannot enter a rental property whenever they please. The law requires reasonable notice before a visit. In a building with fewer than three units, the landlord can only enter with tenant permission or a court order.
- Retaliation — It is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant who reports an unsafe condition or otherwise exercises their rights in a legal manner. Rent increases and lockouts are two possible forms of unlawful retaliation.
An individual or business that breaches a lease agreement may be ordered to pay financial damages. If you believe a breach of lease occurred, or if you were accused of breaking a lease, it is wise to consult a lawyer.
Dedicated adviser works to protect clients’ rights during the eviction process
A New Jersey landlord cannot evict a tenant without good cause. The landlord must provide written notice of the grounds for eviction, present evidence during a court hearing and obtain an eviction notice signed by a judge. New Jersey law recognizes more than a dozen legal grounds for eviction, including failure to pay rent, disorderly conduct that disturbs other tenants, damaging the landlord’s property or otherwise violating the lease agreement.
Even after an eviction complaint is filed, a landlord and tenant can work together to reach a settlement outside of court. We vigorously represent clients during settlement negotiations and court hearings. Our goal is to help you reach a satisfactory resolution that gives you the ability to put the conflict behind you.
Contact a reputable New Jersey landlord-tenant dispute attorney for a free consultation
At the Law Offices of James C. Zimmermann, we help North Jersey clients pursue favorable solutions to landlord-tenant disagreements. Our firm maintains offices in Vernon, Wayne, Pompton Lakes, Hackensack and Nutley. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 973-764-1633 or contact us online.