ALSO THE WATER BILL HAS NOT BEEN PAID IN 4 MONTHS AND IS APPROACHING $500.00. I TOLD HIM A MONTH AGO..TEXTED HIM ALSO. CAN'T I JUST WALK IN AND LOCK THE DOORS. SECOND OPTION. TURN THE WATER OFF…HE KNOWS HE STICKING ME TO SAVE UP THE DEPOSIT TO GO.
you absolutely CANNOT walk in and change the locks, and/or turn the water off. This is considered "self help" and is classified as a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey Courts. Luckily for you, Non-payment of rent is the only cause of eviction that does NOT require any notices to be sent to the tenant before the landlord files an eviction suit in Court. If you are serious about evicting him, i suggest giving him one last opportunity. Don't expressly say you are going to file an eviction suit against him, but let him know "this is the last chance." I always advise my clients (landlords or tenants) to attempt to exhaust all remedies before getting the Court involved.
You need to legally evict him, and it would be wise to hire an attorney so that you don't get in trouble. Call my office of monday for some more pointers, free of charge (609) 390-8888
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Mr. Walcott knows this area of law. You would be wise to take his advise and wiser still to retain him when it is time to sue for eviction. Sometimes you are better off swallowing a loss and just getting rid of a bad tenant.
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No you are not allowed to evict a tenant without a Court order. Also you should not turn the water off, as it may expose you to liability. As the other attorneys have recommended you should consult with a lawyer immediately.
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