Dear Mr Avvo would you feel comfortable with a co tenant just giving you a room

Asked almost 2 years ago - Cherry Hill, NJ

but not a key to the apartment. what are your rights in a case like this? should the guest be concerned about getting locked out?

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  1. Steven Todd Keppler

    Contributor Level 14


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Are you paying for the space? If you're paying for the space, you're entitled to a number of things, the least of which is a key. If you're not paying for the space, you're a guest and subject to the whims of your host for the most part.

    If you're living in another person's apartment on the basis of their good graces and nothing else, you should find a more-stable living situation if possible. If not (and times are tough out there) you need to be able to come and go as your life requires, and not have to worry about being locked out when you need to get in (or having to leave the place unlocked when you leave).

    The foregoing is not legal advice, and nothing in the foregoing shall be deemed to create an attorney client... more
  2. Matthew R Schutz

    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . Several questions need to answered. Do you have a lease or pay rent? Assuming either answer is yes, you have a rental. NJ lawmakes lock outs illegal and subject the LL to both civil and criminal penalties. While lock outs are illegal, it does not neccessarily mean the LL will conform his behavior therewith.

  3. Rixon Charles Rafter III

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . Guest or co-tenant? Which is it?

    NOT LEGAL ADVICE. FOR EDUCATION AND INFORMATION ONLY. Mr. Rafter is licensed to practice before the state and... more

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