I'm a New Jersey tenant and I don't want to move out of my home. How can I avoid eviction? What are my New Jersey tenant eviction rights?
UPDATED: February 13, 2020
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Other than working out an arrangement with your landlord or fighting the eviction in court, there are few other alternatives available after you've been served with lawful notice. If you are past due on rent, you may simply pay the rent when it is demanded or at any time before you are actually evicted (removed by a sheriff or constable). If you've violated your lease, your landlord may not have to give you the opportunity to correct the violation (local jurisdictions can vary). After you've been given notice, you will receive a complaint from the court once the eviction process has begun. The complaint will detail why you are being evicted and include court information. You do not have to answer the complaint, but you will need to appear in court to defend yourself. If you are past due on rent you may be able to argue that you are withholding rent because of serious needed repairs that the landlord has failed to perform. A court may also give a tenant permission to remain in the property for up to six months in special circumstances, but the tenant will be required to pay rent during this time.
At this point, you may wish to seek the advice of an experienced New Jersey evictions lawyer, either to give you sound advice or to help you defend against eviction.