Landlord/Tenant Matters

New Jersey laws place a lot of requirements and responsibilities upon landlords.  If you are a landlord, it is important for you to be aware of and comply with legal requirements to maximize your ability to recover for unpaid rent and damages.  Failure to comply with legal requirements could affect your ability to evict a tenant if it becomes necessary to do so.

New Jersey laws protect tenants in many ways.  For instance, tenants have protections under the New Jersey Anti-Eviction Act, Security Deposit Act and the Abandoned Property Act.  As a tenant, it is important to hire an attorney to assist you with entering into a lease, with any habitability issues that arise, with eviction proceedings, with recovering your security deposit, etc.  Having an attorney could mean the difference between eviction and the ability to remain in your home.

Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, let me help you.

Association Matters

Linda A. Peoples, Esq. has experience with litigating matters that involve community associations including lake associations, condominium associations and townhome associations. (See Lake Community Property Owners Association, Inc. v. Zeugin,

Avoid trying to take on the board of an association without the assistance of an attorney. There are instances where property owners are not aware that they become members of an Association upon purchase of their property. Some property owners learn of their membership only when the Association places a lien on their property for thousands of dollars of delinquent dues, assessments, late fees and attorney fees that the Association allowed to accumulate for years. New Jersey has several laws applicable to associations and it is important that you have legal representation to ensure that your rights are protected.

Real Estate Litigation

It is important to consult with an attorney when:

* You purchased real estate and learned of costly issues with your home or property following closing that the Seller knew of or should have known of but failed to disclose.

* Your home inspector failed to advise you of significant material issues with your home.

* You hired a contractor to construct an addition or perform renovations in your home and the contractor fails to complete the job or performs the work poorly.

Anytime you suffer damages where real estate is involved, you need an attorney who can advise you of your rights and help you to recover damages.

     The New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act is one of the strongest consumer protection laws in the United States.  The New Jersey Appellate Division recently published a decision in favor of local homeowners represented by Ms. Peoples allowing them to pursue their Consumer Fraud claim against a home inspector who failed to advise them of material issues with their home prior to closing.  The Appellate Division determined that home inspectors are not semi-professionals and are not exempt from liability under the Consumer Fraud Act.  See the decision .

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