Written by attorney Arthur R Panza

New Jersey Landlord Registration, N.J.S.A. 46:8-27 - 46:8-37

N.J.S.A. 46:8-27 defines a landlord as ..." persons who own ...any building or project in which there is rented or offered for rent housing space for living or dwelling purposes under either a written or oral lease , provided that this definition shall not include owner-occupied two unit premises.

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Failure to register a residential rental property does not mean a tenant can claim a refund for rent already paid. Lack of registration would prevent judgment for possession in Landlord and Tenant Court , but the Court can adjourn the case up to 90 days to give the Landlord time to register the property. This article is not offered as legal advice. N.J. Landlords and tenants should consult with counsel before proceeding with a course of action.

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