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Are tenants responsible to clean comman areas.

Cranford, NJ |

This tenant lives in a three family dwelling and wanted the steps cleaned. Does the landlord need to clean them or can that be the tenant's responsibility?

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Look to your lease to determine who is responsible for what. If the lease is ambiguous, then ambiguities are construed against the drafter..which in most cases is the landlord.

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Unless the lease says otherwise, the LL is responsible for cleaning and maintain the common areas.


A review of your lease should indicate responsibility for the common areas. Generally, landlords are responsible for common areas, but check your lease. Contact an attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation.

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