I live in a beautiful town home in toms River New Jersey on the water I’ve lived here approximately six months and unfortunately I came up a little short last month. My monthly rent is 1900 a month and I gave my landlord 1500 and told them by the end of the month I would have the rest. Approximately two weeks after I receive an eviction letter in the mail do I have any legal rights and can I be evicted after excepting a partial payment
As long as you pay all outstanding charges by 4:30 PM on the day of trial, you cannot be evicted. If your lease provides for late fees, court costs and attorney fees to be collected as “additional rent”, they will be included in the amount to be paid in order to avoid being evicted.
The landlord is not bound to accept partial payments as payments in full. Go to the court date on the letter and see if you can cut a deal with the landlord. Ocean County requires mediation in eviction court so you may be able to work something out. Might not be a bad idea to start looking at alternate living arrangements anyway.
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