I own a rental property here in Newark NJ. I inherited a tenant when i purchased this rental in April 2020 and her lease ends February 15th 2021. She has paid on time every month but recently she decided not to pay for January 2021 since she plans on moving ( but not sure if that’s true) at the end of her lease. She’s ignored all communication and refuses to answer calls/ text/ and she resides downstairs since this is a house hack. Her reasons for not paying are non covid related. Ive attempted to file with the city non payment of rent but courts aren’t filing cases at this moment. What are my options for this situation??.
Btw If anyone has property in north Jersey aswell let’s connect since I’m sure landlords are all going through it.
Not a whole lot to be honest. You can write her a notice stating that she have violated a section of the lease (non payment). Also, do you have a security deposit from her? If so, can inform her that it will be forfeited if rent is due at the end of her lease term.
Very worst case scenario, you take a loss for a month and move on (assuming she moves out). But stay on her with the notices so she knows you are staying on top of it.
Sorry I could not be too much help but good luck.
Post a notice telling her you are assuming she's not renewing her lease and that she needs to vacate by Feb 15. Even if she plans on not renewing her lease, not communicating with you is pretty silly, especially as she lives in the basement and you live upstairs. She may assume that the deposit goes to the last month's rent.
If you don't hear from her or see her in a week, I'd do an inspection to make sure she is okay.
If there is a deposit, she most likely decided on her own to use her deposit as last months rent and plans to vacate. Just in case she changes her mind, I would give her a notice of non-renewal to make it official. At least this way, the paperwork is in motion on your end. Let her know the date she needs to be out so you can re-rent the unit. Let her know if she leaves the place quietly and in good condition, you will give her a good reference and not pursue missing rent. Failing all of that, you could do a cash for keys?
Tell her you will be forced to file an eviction which will show up on her credit report.
Thanks for the advice. I do have a security deposit from her which i intend to use to cover the missed rent. I’ve already served her notice a non renewal letter back in December so come feb 15th hoping she leaves so i can get quality and respectful tenants in the first unit.
She hasn’t assumed that the deposit goes to rent. She is strategically with holding rent in order to pay for her possibly moving to another apartment. The security deposit would cover January’s rent and half of February’s rent since her lease ends the 15th of Feb. But that would leave 0 dollars for the repairs needed downstairs which from my last inspection would be close to $500
@Web Annacius although you may not be able to evict her, you may be able to still bring a civil suit against her for non-payment or at least tell her that’s your plan. She may not be concerned with eviction if she has another place lined up but a civil suit will effect her regardless if she is a tenant or not.
Times are different in 2021. Pre covid i would March right downtown and file in a heartbeat. But because of covid 19 courts have paused all evictions
I’ve gone ahead and filed a civil suit. But she doesn’t know i did. I may try and use that as leverage though. 🤔🤔