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May 7, 2012

Daniel asks…

Moving out of apt/last month’s rent/moving-in fee/deposit?

I live in NJ. I’m going to give my 30 days’ notice soon on my apartment (month-to-month lease). When I moved in, I paid 2250.00, one month security, rent and to my surprise when I looked at the receipts from 2 years ago when I moved in, one month’s rent for a “moving-in fee”. I had thought I paid last month’s rent and paid bills thinking I did, but now seeing this, I’m a bit befuddled.

No broker was involved, management showed me and rented me the apartment–management meaning the people who live downstairs and act as building supers. I want to say to take the last month’s rent out of what I paid when I moved in, but…looking for any advice. Wish I had paid more attention when I moved in, Wish I knew what “moving-in fee” meant.


Administrator answers:

Security deposit cannot be used as last months rent, that is the law. That money is for damages
So you need to pay Oct rent. Suggest you get that written move out notice to the manager today or tomorrow the latest or you will owe rent for november

Chris asks…

I am single marrying a single father of 4. We both work. How do we contribute to family household account?

I am a 33, single, never been married, and he is 40, divorced, has 4 kids and his ex-wife is deceased. We both work full time and make a decent living and have our own checking, savings and 401k’s. He owns a home and a few rental properties in NC. I rent an apt in NC and I own a rental property in NJ. When we get married, how much should I contribute to the household account for the mortgage, utilities, and general savings for the household needs. Any advice would be appreciated!

Administrator answers:

I would talk to him about how you are going to do the accounts, will all checks go into one account… Or when the two of you get married are y’all still going to keep them separate… If separated then talk to him about what he thinks is fair, considering he has 4 kids and you have none and it is his house not yours… I do not think you should pay half but maybe a fourth of all of the bills… Remember if something happens your name isn’t on the title…

Mandy asks…

Breaking lease-What are my rights as a tenant? Can I sue my landlord for deliberately not renting out my apt?

I’ve given my landlord notice that I will be breaking my lease and moving out May 1st. I’ve been trying to call the management company and the super for more than two weeks to discuss, left dozens of messages but no one has responded. My lease says that I will be responsible for the rent until it is re-rented. I’ve been showing my place and there are many people who are interested in taking over my apt in May and have called the super asking for applications. The super has not returned any calls.
Under the NJ law, the landlord needs to try to re-rent the apt in a timely manner, correct? I’ve faxed a list of the people (and their phone numbers) to the management office. They are deliberately ignoring me and I’ll be stuck with the rent with the last two months of my lease. I’m not planning to pay rent for the last two months but do not want to risk damaging my excellent credit. What can i do? Can I take the landlord to small claims court for not responding to my requests?
thanks so much for all your helpful answers. I am feeling so frustrated from the unresponsive landlord. The letter I received from management today states that “You are responsible for the rent, unless if we are ABLE to re-rent the apartment on you behalf.” I have a list of qualified candidates who have requested applications and have been told to “keep calling the super”, but no one ever called them back. Do I have a case if I take it to court and can prove that the landlord refused to advertise the apartment?

Administrator answers:

It depends on how your lease reads, but your landlord may be under no obligation to assist you with subletting your apartment. While it would be nice of them to assist you, if your lease term has two more months, you are obligated to pay them. It will hurt your credit and make it extremely difficult for you to rent elsewhere or buy a home in the future. For only 2 months rent, pay it and then seek recourse if your lease mandates that the landlord has to assist you.

Donald asks…

are there ways to get an apartment if your credit is bad?

i know a couple who lives in NJ and their credit is a bit bad and insufficient, but they really, really need to rent an apt and they have no one to co-sign. i think it’s unfair for people like that, what are they supposed to do? isn’t there a company or something that can help, kinda like the credit cards for bad or no credit? there has to be something!

Administrator answers:

Bad credit means someone cant manage their funds. Some cant bills on time. Some wont pay at all. Do you know what kind of a damage can be cause by not paying a bank the mortgage of a home, a car payment. Why would a landlord want to be put in a situation like that. Too Risky.

There are home owners foolish enough to rent to bad credit personnel. I would take 6 months in advance and make one pay a higher rent just in case. Take anything extra and apply to an escrow. But thats my personal opinion

Michael asks…

what should i expect for eviction from apt. in NJ?

my rent is 950 mo, i have a past due of 1250, my rental bill that came the other day details this with a 50 late charge a legal fee of 170 and novembers rent is due 950 total due nov 1st is 2420. this whole balance i plan on paying by nov 21. which mean i will be late for this months nov rent but will pay the entire balance by nov 21. i have not receive any legal papers yet. will they give me 30 days from receiving the 1st legal document to pay or will they just leave a note on my door saying i have to leave with in 3 days. i am figuring if i am caught up by the nov 21 then i can avoid losing my apt. what should i expect. thank you

Administrator answers:

3 day notice is FIRST step in your eviction, then you sighted to go to court.
Normally if you pay by your notice day you able to stay.
If the landlord refuses the money, he could also lose in court, and you get some extra time. You can always place your rent in the courts hands for them to pay him also.
If paid up he has not leg to stand on in court so no eviction.

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