Adam Lefkowitz’s Answers

Adam Lefkowitz

East Brunswick Real Estate Attorney.

Contributor Level 14
  1. My landlord will not give me her new address to send rent check... what do I do?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Lefkowitz
    2. Steven Todd Keppler
    3. Matthew R Schutz
    3 lawyer answers

    Your landlord's personal problems are hers, and hers alone. Do not make them yours. I'm sure you have enough to worry about without adding the burdens of your landlord to your life. Your only legal obligation is to send rent payments in a timely manner to the address provided in the lease. Whomever your landlord is (as stated in the lease) can provide you with notice of a new address to which you should send your rent payments. Closely examine your lease for the correct identity of your...

    7 lawyers agreed with this answer

  2. I discovered that the central air unit is broken in the condo I am supposed to rent on 7/20/13 am I responsible to replace

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Lefkowitz
    2. Steven Todd Keppler
    3. Andrew Endicott Schrafel
    3 lawyer answers

    As to the foreclosure: leases dated after the landlord's date of default (its failure to make the mortgage payment), can be terminated in the foreclosure action. Having said that, the foreclosing bank must notify you of the impending foreclosure; and if successful in the foreclosure action, must commence an action in landlord-tenant court to evict you. These steps take several months, if not more, to complete. Keep in mind that landlord's (or their successors in interests, such as...

    Selected as best answer

  3. I have been charged on endagering 3 children under the influence of alcohol? what could i do i cant afford an attorney

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey Anthony Skiendziul
    2. Travis J Tormey
    3. Benjamin G Kelsen
    4. Yolanda Navarrete
    5. William A. Jones Jr.
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

    In addition to the public defender's office, several NJ county bar associations offer free or reduced price legal services. Contact the bar association in your county to see if it offers any such service.

    6 lawyers agreed with this answer

  4. I lied about my name when I got pulled over the other day gave my best friends name and her liscense is suspended

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jeffrey Anthony Skiendziul
    2. Eric M. Mark
    3. Adam Lefkowitz
    4. Ronald P Mondello
    5. Mark M Cheser
    5 lawyer answers

    In addition to my colleagues' answers, as a practical matter, you should consider how the consequences of your lies affect the viability of your friendship with your best friend. If her license is suspended and if the police think she's been driving while suspended, they might pursue charges against her. I'm not certain this will happen. But if it does, how will your friendship suffer? As to whether the police or the courts will recognize that you provided a false name, they might come to...

    6 lawyers agreed with this answer

  5. Special civil amount

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Michael T Warshaw
    2. Adam Lefkowitz
    3. Bruce Edward Gudin
    4. Jonathan R. Miller
    4 lawyer answers

    Suing a non-paying tenant for rent presents a serious practical dilemma. If the tenant has not been paying rent, how will the tenant find money to pay the court's judgment? If the tenant doe snot have money, will you spend more of your time and money trying to levy on their assets? Depending on the particular facts of your situation, a more practical approach might simply be to sue for eviction, after which you can rent the unit to a more financially secure tenant. Of course, my answer is...

    5 lawyers agreed with this answer

  6. Grandfather died many years ago without a will.. Which generation owns it now?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Lefkowitz
    2. Michael T Millar
    3. Charles Adam Shultz
    3 lawyer answers

    The manner in which property is transferred in the event a decedent lacks a will depends on the intestacy laws of the state in which the decedent lived. Adverse possession might apply if the people living in the residence have been there over other people's objections. It's possible an action to quiet title may be required to settle the issue of ownership. Only a consultation with an attorney during which all facts are discussed will provide the best advice.

    5 lawyers agreed with this answer

  7. Stopped by a parking lot in the back of a small business and field-dressed a hunted deer.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Benjamin G Kelsen
    2. Adam Lefkowitz
    3. James Alexander Abate
    4. Mark M Cheser
    4 lawyer answers

    As long as no citation was issued, there isn't anything to worry about. The police do have time following an event in which to issue a summons. In the unlikely event you receive one, then contact an attorney. Otherwise, be grateful your encounter did not result in a citation.

    5 lawyers agreed with this answer

  8. Is any prospective tenant responsible for signing a lease and not moving in?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Lefkowitz
    2. Robert L Gutman
    3. Sandra A Joseph
    4. Michael Ryan Juarez
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Gutman. Whether a tenant moves in is not material to the discussion. Provided the tenant's failure to take possession does not relate to any act of the landlord (for example, withholding the keys), the tenant is responsible for payments as outlined in the lease. Keep in mind, NJ landlords have an obligation to mitigate their losses by looking for a new tenant to occupy the space. Consult with a real estate or landlord / tenant attorney as son as possible to discuss the...

    Selected as best answer

  9. Can I get my deposit back if I broke my lease early?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Lefkowitz
    2. Matthew R Schutz
    3. Jennifer Melissa Mendelsohn
    3 lawyer answers

    Security deposits are held to protect the landlord against damages to the premises; and are not held to compensate the landlord as rent. Landlords have 30 days from the date a tenant vacates the premises in which to: (a) return the security deposit to the former tenant; or (b) in the alternative, provide an accounting for charges assessed against the security deposit. If former tenants receive neither, then the former tenant can sue for damages, including twice the amount of the security deposit.

    4 lawyers agreed with this answer

    1 person marked this answer as helpful

  10. Is a 10% late fee for rent legal in NJ? Seems absurdly excessive even if it is spelled out in the lease.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Lefkowitz
    2. James Alfred Caporrino
    2 lawyer answers

    The number of units in the building is not material to the question of the reasonableness of the late fee. Generally speaking, late fees, if classified as "rent" or "additional rent" and not as a "penalty" are collectable. A ten percent late fee is fairly common. Remember, your landlord probably has a mortgage loan to repay; maintenance workers to pay; utilities to pay; and other debts. If your landlord does not have income (rent from tenants), it could potentially fall behind on its...

    4 lawyers agreed with this answer

    1 person marked this answer as helpful