New Jersey Landlord-Tenant Laws
New Jersey Tenant Screening
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Regarding Security Deposit
New Jersey state law sets the limit that landlords can collect for security deposits as up to one and a half months’ rent.
New Jersey law requires landlords to hold a tenant’s security deposit in an insured money market fund or a federally insured bank with an interest rate.
Landlords must return a security deposits within 30 days after the end of the tenancy. If the tenant vacated the unit due to a natural disaster or due to the inhabitability of the rental unit, the landlord must refund the security deposit within 5 days.
New Jersey laws concerning security deposits can be found in New Jersey NJSA:46-19.
Regarding Application Fees
New Jersey law places no restrictions on application fees that landlords can collect for tenant screening services.
Regarding Tenant Bad Checks
Civil Penalties: The amount of the original check, plus any attorney fees, court costs, and the cost of mailing a demand for payment letter. Landlord can also charge damages for either $100, or triple the amount of the original check, whichever is greater. It cannot exceed $500 however.
Criminal Penalties: The tenant could get up to one year in jail, up to a $1,000 fine, or both.
Allowable Fees: $30
Regarding Notice of Termination for Nonpayment
In New Jersey, a landlord must give a tenant at least 30 days in which to pay rent or vacate. After that, the landlord can begin eviction proceedings according to N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2A:18-53.