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What is a New Jersey Lease Agreement?
A New Jersey Lease Agreement is an effective way for residential property owners to set forth the terms and conditions of their arrangements with a renter. With signatures from both the tenant and the property owner, this essential document helps each party to set appropriate expectations. You can click the button labeled "Make document" to check out our New Jersey Rental Contract sample. Suitable for renting out any residential property type, this rental agreement for New Jersey can be used by property owners in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, or any other city or municipality located in the Garden State.
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You're leasing residential property to a tenant in New Jersey.
You want to a rent a room to a tenant.
You want to lease residential property from a landlord who doesn't have a lease form.
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Residential Lease Agreement
This Lease Agreement (the "Agreement") is made and entered on (the "Effective Date") by and between (the "Landlord") and the following tenants:
Subject to the terms and conditions stated below the parties agree as follows:
. Property. Landlord, in consideration of the lease payments provided in this Agreement, leases to Tenant a house
. Term. This Agreement will begin on (the "Start Date") and will terminate on (the "Termination Date").
Tenant will vacate the Property upon termination of the Agreement, unless: (i) Landlord and Tenant have extended this Agreement in writing or signed a new agreement; (ii) mandated by local rent control law; or (iii) Landlord accepts Rent from Tenant (other than past due Rent), in which case a month-to-month tenancy will be created which either party may terminate All other terms and conditions of this Agreement will remain in full force and effect.
. Rent. There will be no rent increases through the initial term of the lease. Landlord may increase the rent that will be paid during any month-to-month renewal period by providing at least 30 days written notice to Tenant.
Payments should be sent to:
Payment address: , or at such other place as Landlord may designate from time to time.
Payments can be made by using one of the following methods of payment:
Acceptable forms of payment:
Tenant agrees to submit rent payments by one of the methods above. In the event of roommates, or another form of joint or multiple occupancy, Tenant will be responsible for collecting payment from all parties and submitting a single payment to Landlord. Tenant is responsible for any payment made by mail and not received by the due date stated herein. Mailed payments must be received on or before the due date. Rent payments for any partial month will be pro-rated at the rate of 1/30th of the monthly rent payment per day.
. Failure to Pay. Tenant is hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on Tenant's credit history may be submitted to a credit reporting agency if Tenant fails to fulfill the terms of their credit obligations, such as their financial obligations under the terms of this Agreement.
. Occupants. The only persons who may live on the Property during the term of this Agreement are:
Tenant may have guests on the Property for not over consecutive days or days in a calendar year, and no more than two guests per bedroom at any one time. Persons staying more than consecutive days or more than days in any calendar year will NOT be considered original occupants of the Property. Tenant must obtain the prior written approval of Landlord if an invitee of Tenant will be present at the Property for more than consecutive days or days in a calendar year.
. Possession. Tenant will be entitled to possession of the Property on the first day of the term of this Agreement, and will yield possession to Landlord on the last day of the term of this Agreement, unless otherwise agreed by both parties in writing. At the expiration of the term, Tenant will remove its goods and effects and peaceably yield up the Property to Landlord in as good a condition as when delivered to Tenant, ordinary wear and tear excepted.
. Use of Property/Absences. Tenant will occupy and use the Property as a full-time residential dwelling unit. Tenant will notify Landlord of any anticipated extended absence from the Property not later than the first day of the extended absence.
No retail, commercial or professional use of the Property is allowed unless the Tenant receives prior written consent of the Landlord and such use conforms to applicable zoning laws. In such case, Landlord may require Tenant to obtain liability insurance for the benefit of Landlord. Landlord reserves the right to refuse to consent to such use in its sole and absolute discretion.
The failure to abide by the provisions of this section will constitute a material breach of this Agreement and is a just cause for eviction.
. Storage. Any personal property stored in the common areas of the Property will be removed without notice.
. Roof/Fire Escapes. Use of the roof and/or the fire escapes by Tenants and/or guests is limited to emergency use only. No other use is permitted, including but not limited to, the placement of personal property.
. Pets. No pets, dogs, cats, birds or other animals are allowed on or about the Property, without Landlord's prior written consent, excepting guide, service, or signal dogs. Strays must not be kept or fed in or around the Property. If a pet has been on or allowed on the Property, even temporarily (with or without the Landlord's permission) Tenant may be charged for cleaning, de-fleaing, deodorizing, shampooing, or replacing any portion of the Property.
No pets larger than 20 lbs.
. Keys and Locks. Tenant will be given a set number of keys for the Property. If all keys are not returned to Landlord following termination of the Agreement, Tenant will be charged a monetary fee to replace the keys. If a security deposit was collected by the Landlord at the time of signing this Agreement, then such amount will be subtracted from the Security Deposit. Tenant is not permitted to change any lock or place additional locking devices on any door or window of the Property without Landlord's approval prior to installation. If allowed, Tenant must provide Landlord with keys to any changed lock immediately upon installation.
. Maintenance and Repairs.
. Utilities and Services.
. Default. Tenant will be in default of this Agreement if Tenant fails to comply with any material provisions of this Agreement by which Tenant is bound. Subject to any governing provisions of law to the contrary, if Tenant fails to cure any financial obligation (or any other obligation) after written notice of such default is provided by Landlord to Tenant, Landlord may elect to cure such default and the cost of such action will be added to Tenant's financial obligations under this Agreement. All sums of money or charges required to be paid by Tenant under this Agreement will be additional rent, whether or not such sums or charges are designated as "additional rent." The rights provided by this paragraph are cumulative in nature and are in addition to any other rights afforded by law.
. Military Termination. In the event, the Tenant is, or hereafter becomes, a member of the United States Armed Forces on extended active duty and hereafter the Tenant receives permanent change of station orders to depart from the area where the Property is located, or is relieved from active duty, retires or separates from the military, or is ordered into military housing, then in any of these events, the Tenant may terminate this lease upon giving thirty (30) days written notice to the Landlord. The Tenant will also provide to the Landlord a copy of the official orders or a letter signed by the Tenant's commanding officer, reflecting the change, which warrants termination under this provision. The Tenant will pay prorated rent for any days (he/she) occupy the dwelling past the first day of the month. Any security deposit will be promptly returned to the Tenant, provided there are no damages to the Property.
. Condition of Property. Tenant stipulates, represents and warrants that Tenant has examined the Property, and that they are at the time of this Agreement in good order, repair, and in a safe, clean and tenantable condition.
. Alterations and Improvements. Tenant will make no alterations to the buildings or improvements to the Property or construct any building or make any other improvements on the Property without the prior written consent of Landlord. Any and all alterations, changes, and/or improvements built, constructed or placed on the Property by Tenant will, unless otherwise provided by written agreement between Landlord and Tenant, be and become the property of Landlord and remain on the Property at the expiration or earlier termination of this Agreement.
. Hazardous Materials. Tenant will not keep on the Property any item of a dangerous, flammable or explosive character that might unreasonably increase the danger of fire or explosion on the Property or that might be considered hazardous or extra hazardous by any responsible insurance company.
. Damage to Property. If the Property is damaged or destroyed as to render it uninhabitable, then either Landlord or Tenant will have the right to terminate this Agreement as of the date on which such damage occurs, through written notice to the other party to be given within 20 days of occurrence of such damage. However, if such damage should occur as the result of the conduct or negligence of Tenants or Tenants' guests or invitees, Landlord will have the right to termination and Tenants will be responsible for all losses, including, but not limited to, damage and repair costs as well as loss of rental income.
. Landlord Access to Property. Landlord and Landlord's agents will have the right at all reasonable times during the term of this Agreement and any renewal thereof to enter the Property for the purpose of inspecting the Property and all buildings and improvements thereon. Tenant will make the Property available to Landlord or Landlord's agents for the purposes of making repairs or improvements, or to supply agreed services or show the Property to prospective buyers or tenants, or in case of emergency. Except in case of emergency, Landlord will give Tenant reasonable notice of intent to enter. For these purposes, twenty four (24) hour written notice will be deemed reasonable.
. Indemnity Regarding Use of Property. To the extent permitted by law, Tenant agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and defend Landlord from and against any and all losses, claims, liabilities, and expenses, including reasonable attorney fees, if any, which Landlord may suffer or incur in connection with Tenant's possession, use or misuse of the Property, except Landlord's act or negligence. Tenant hereby expressly releases Landlord and/or agent from any and all liability for loss or damage to Tenant's property or effects whether on the Property, garage, storerooms or any other location in or about the Property, arising out of any cause whatsoever, including but not limited to rain, plumbing leakage, fire or theft, except in the case that such damage has been adjudged to be the result of the gross negligence of Landlord, Landlord's employees, heirs, successors, assignees and/or agents.
. Accommodation. Landlord agrees to and is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal housing opportunities. To ensure compliance, Landlord will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or a tenant, unless undue hardship would result. It is the applicant or tenants responsibility to make Landlord aware of any required accommodation. In writing, the individual with the disability should specify the nature and effect of the disability and any accommodation he or she needs. If after thoughtful consideration and evaluation, the accommodation is reasonable and will not impose an undue hardship, Landlord will make the accommodation. Landlord reserves the right to require appropriate medical verification of the disability.
. Child Protection Window Guard Option. Pursuant to New Jersey law (NJSA Section 55:13A-7.14), Tenant can have window guards installed on the Property and the public halls (1) by making a written request to Landlord and (2) if a child 10 years of age or younger resides on the Property and (3) if Tenant lives in a dwelling above the first floor. Residents living on the first floor may only request window guards on windows in public halls above the first floor to which persons in the resident's dwelling have access without having to go out of the building. Landlord may, at Landlord's option, recoup the costs associated with the installation of the window guards through increased rent.
. Compliance with Regulations. Tenant will promptly comply with all laws, ordinances, requirements and regulations of the federal, state, county, municipal and other authorities, and the fire insurance underwriters. However, Tenant will not by this provision be required to make alterations to the exterior of the building or alterations of a structural nature.
. Mechanics Liens. Neither Tenant nor anyone claiming through the Tenant will have the right to file mechanics liens or any other kind of lien on the Property and the filing of this Agreement constitutes notice that such liens are invalid. Further, Tenant agrees to (1) give actual advance notice to any contractors, subcontractors or suppliers of goods, labor, or services that such liens will not be valid, and (2) take whatever additional steps that are necessary in order to keep the Property free of all liens resulting from construction done by or for the Tenant.
. Subordination of Lease. This Agreement is subordinate to any mortgage that now exists, or may be given later by Landlord, with respect to the Property.
. Assignment and Subletting.
. Truth In Renting. Resident acknowledges receipt today of the Truth in Renting information, required to be provided by New Jersey law (NJSA Section 46: 8-45).
. Notice. Notice under this Agreement will not be deemed valid unless given or served in writing and forwarded by mail, postage prepaid, addressed to the party at the appropriate address set forth below. Such addresses may be changed from time to time by either party by providing notice as set forth below. Notices mailed in accordance with these provisions will be deemed received on the third day after posting.
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Such addresses may be changed from time to time by any party by providing notice as set forth above.
Any controversies or disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement will be submitted to mediation in accordance with any statutory rules of mediation in the State of New Jersey. If mediation is not successful in resolving the entire dispute or is unavailable, any outstanding issues will be submitted to final and binding arbitration in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey. The arbitrator's award will be final, and judgment may be entered upon it by any court having jurisdiction within the State of New Jersey.
. Governing Law. This Agreement will be governed, construed and interpreted by, through and under the Laws of the State of New Jersey.
. Waiver and Severability. The failure of either party to enforce any provisions of this Agreement will not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement or the application thereof will, for any reason and to any extent, be invalid or unenforceable, neither the remainder of this Agreement nor the application of the provision to other persons, entities or circumstances will be affected thereby, but instead will be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law.
. Time of Essence. Time is of the essence with respect to the execution of this Lease Agreement.
. Estoppel Certificate. Tenant will execute and return a tenant estoppel certificate delivered to Tenant by Landlord or Landlord's agent within three (3) days after its receipt. Failure to comply with this requirement will be deemed Tenant's acknowledgment that the estoppel certificate is true and correct, and may be relied upon by a lender or purchaser.
. Entire Agreement. This document constitutes the entire Agreement between the Tenant and Landlord. This Agreement cannot be modified except in writing and must be signed by all parties. Neither Landlord nor Tenant have made any promises or representations, other than those set forth in this Agreement and those implied by law. The failure of Tenant or its guests or invitees to comply with any term of this Agreement is grounds for termination of the tenancy, with appropriate notice to Tenants and procedures as required by law.
. Application. Tenant represents and warrants that all statements in Tenant's rental application are accurate. Any misrepresentations will be considered a material breach of this Agreement and may subject Tenant to eviction. Tenant authorizes Landlord and any broker to obtain Tenant's credit report periodically during the tenancy in connection with the modification or enforcement of this Lease. Landlord reserves the right to terminate this Agreement (i) before occupancy begins, (ii) upon disapproval of the credit report(s), or (iii) at any time, upon discovering that information in Tenant's application is false.
. Binding Effect. The provisions of this Agreement will be binding upon and inure to the benefit of parties and their respective legal representatives, successors and assigns.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Landlord and Tenant have executed this Agreement in the manner prescribed by law as of the Effective Date.
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Tenant has inspected the Property and states that the Property is in satisfactory condition, free of defects, except as noted below:
Walls and ceiling
Stove and oven
Walls and ceiling
Hallways or Other Areas
Walls and ceiling
Patio or deck
Acknowledged by Landlord:
(i) __X__ Known lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards are present in the housing (explain):
(i) _____ Landlord has provided the Tenant with all available records and reports pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing (list documents): ______________________________________________
(ii)__X__ Landlord has no reports or records pertaining to lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the housing.
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New Jersey Lease Agreement FAQs
Will this New Jersey Rental Contract be legally binding under local law?
As with any contract, a New Jersey Rental Agreement is not legally binding until it is signed. Different from a New Jersey Lease Agreement template or blank PDF file that you may discover elsewhere, your rental contract comes with the option of Document Defense®, so an attorney can review the situation and take action if you don't get paid or have another problem.
Why is it necessary for me to write a New Jersey Rental Agreement?
Even if you are renting to a loyal renter, your New Jersey Lease Agreement is a document that should never be skipped. Signing this document will most likely be helpful due to this list of benefits:
Rent payment requirements are clearly defined
The length of the tenancy is agreed upon
All parties understand the scope of their responsibilities
Any landlord who fails to sign a New Jersey Rental Agreement ought to prepare for certain issues, such as confusion regarding fees and questions about due dates.
How should the contents of a Lease Agreement template for New Jersey be organized?
In order to draft a New Jersey Lease Agreement online, you will need to prepare the following details in advance:
The location and description of the property
The lessee's contact information
How much the rent is and when payment is due
How long the tenancy will last
What kind of services or utilities will be included
As usual, your document will also contain guidelines related to late payments, animals, smoking and/or narcotics, visitors, and early lease termination. During the process of building your rental contract, you'll also be able to add information related to maintenance procedures, insurance requirements, and furnishings. Additional custom modifications are allowed, if necessary.
In New Jersey, there are several other requirements that might apply. For example, under NJ state law, the Lease Agreement must include references to the New Jersey Truth in Renting Act. Also, if a security deposit is collected, then the Lease Agreement must state the amount of the deposit, the name and address of the bank where the deposit is held, as well as the tenant's rights to the deposit funds, including when the landlord must return the deposit.
Can I create a custom New Jersey Rental Agreement online?
If you want to create this document with Rocket Lawyer, please use the guidance that is given. Our step-by-step interview will guide you through a few questions about your situation to help us build a New Jersey Lease Agreement that is customized to fit your needs. It can be helpful to try asking an Rocket Lawyer network attorney to read it over. This solution, in most cases, would end up being notably more affordable than finding and hiring your average attorney, where invoices can add up to anywhere from several hundred dollars to thousands, depending on the level of complexity.
Is anything else required after making my New Jersey Lease Agreement?
Attached to your New Jersey Lease Agreement, you will find a checklist of directions for what you can do next. With a Premium membership, you may make edits, add signatures via RocketSign®, copy it, print it out, or download it as a Word or PDF file as necessary. Most importantly, you should make sure to provide a final copy of the fully signed agreement to your tenant. Also feel free to take a look at our larger repository of contracts and other documents for property owners .
How will New Jersey rental laws impact my residential lease contract?
Rental laws often change over time and they can differ by city or municipality. If you have any doubts or questions in connection to New Jersey rental laws, you can connect with a lawyer . The answer will vary depending on whom you ask, but quite often some attorneys will not even accept requests to review rental contracts that they didn't write. An easier approach would be to request help from attorney services at Rocket Lawyer. With a Premium membership, you can ask for a contract review from an experienced lawyer or get answers to other questions related to your New Jersey Lease Contract. We're here to support you.
Is New Jersey a landlord-friendly place?
The reply depends on your needs; but, no matter where you are, there are several items that you might want to note when deciding to rent out property. They include: restrictions on deposits and rent, required disclosures, the scope of tenants' rights, how difficult an eviction could be, and, finally, the amount of property taxes. This being said, New Jersey is the home of tourist destinations like Liberty State Park, the Atlantic City Boardwalk, and Morey's Piers in addition to schools like Princeton University and Rutgers University, so there shouldn't be any shortage of potential visitors and tenants if your rental property is close to them.
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