New Jersey Eviction Process & Laws | Free NJ Eviction Notices

The New Jersey eviction process starts with the notifying the tenant of a noncompliance, late rent, or that the landlord has decided to end their month to month lease (See Grounds for Eviction). If the tenant does not respond and does not vacate the premises under the period stated an action may be placed against them in the County Court Clerk's Office. The lessee may view their Tenants' Rights if they should have to file an Answer with the court.

Disorderly Conduct Laws - 3 days 2A:18-53(c)

NonPayment Laws - 30 days § 2A:18-61.2(b)

NonCompliance Laws - 30 days § 2A:18-61.2

Month to Month Laws - 1 month § 2A: 18-56

Eviction Laws N.J.S.A. 2A:18-53 through 2A:18-84

Types of Notice

New Jersey 30 Day Lease Termination Letter | Month to Month Tenancy

The New Jersey one (1) month lease termination letter, pursuant to Section 2A: 18-56, is required to be served to month-to-month and other “at-will” tenants. The notice provides the tenant with one full month to vacate the rental property. Likewise, the notice can also be used by the tenant to…

New Jersey Notice to Quit | NonPayment & NonCompliance

The New Jersey notice of quit, instituted by § 2A:18-61.2, allows the landlord to hold the tenant subject to a violation of the lease (nonpayment, noncompliance, or disorderly conduct) for the period of time suggested below: Material Non-Compliance – Thirty (30) days; Non-Payment of Rent – Thirty (30) days; Disorderly Conduct –…

Process How to Evict a Tenant

All evictions in the State of New Jersey must have “good cause.” There are numerous examples of grounds for good cause such as non-payment of rent, disorderly conduct, property damage, and violation of the lease/rental agreement. More details regarding what comprises a “good cause” eviction are available on New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs website (direct link here).

Step 1 – The landlord must serve the tenant with a notice to quit. If the tenant has failed to pay rent, no notice is required (the landlord can immediately terminate the rental agreement and file an eviction action in court). Tenants who have damaged property, or have committed disorderly conduct, must receive at least three (3) days notice before an eviction action can be filed. If the tenant has committed a major lease violation, they are required to receive at least one full month’s notice before the landlord can file an eviction lawsuit. The notice must be served personally, left with a resident of the property at least 14 years old, or sent via certified mail.

Note: Tenants in federally subsidized rental units must receive at least 14 days notice prior to lease termination. Also, if the tenant has used rent money to cover the continuance of utilities that the landlord was required to pay (i.e. if the electric company threatened to shut off power and the landlord failed to pay the electric bill), they cannot be evicted due to non-payment of rent.

Step 2 – After giving the proper notice to the tenant (and waiting for the notice period to expire), the landlord can file an eviction lawsuit in the Superior Court of the county where the rental property is located in. The forms that will be filed include a “complaint” and a “summons.” The complaint is the specific action that the landlord is seeking against the tenant (such as possession of the rental unit, damages, etc.). The summons contains the date and time of the eviction hearing/trial.

Step 3 – The tenant will be served a copy of the complaint/summons by the court. The date of the hearing is at least ten (10) days from the date that the complaint is filed/served. If either party fails to show up to the court date, the judge will issue a default judgement in favor of the party who is in court. Before the judge will actually hear the case, a mediation session will most likely take place. The mediator is court-appointed, and works to help both sides come to an agreement. The landlord/tenant are not required to come to an agreement during the mediation session.

Note: The tenant and landlord can settle the eviction anytime up to the hearing date. The settlement must be in writing, and the landlord must request to dismiss the complaint against the tenant.

Step 4 – The judge will review the details of the case (documentation, evidence, etc.) and listen to testimony from both the landlord and the tenant (however the landlord and their witnesses usually get to go first). If the judge rules in favor of the landlord, a “judgement for possession” will be issued. The judgement is a court-ordered eviction. If the tenant wins the case, the eviction suit will be dismissed.