New Jersey Apartment Rentals – Tips for Tenants

29 Nov

The New Jersey Apartment Rentals market are popular with commuters due to their convenient location between New York City and Philadelphia. Also due to the numerous job opportunities in New Jersey, many people re-locate to the area from states all across the U.S.
Now the landlord and tenant’s laws for New Jersey, New York City centre and Manhattan apartments are all the same, but they often vary between other states. So, if you are moving from some distance, for example Atlanta, Georgia to New Jersey, it will be well worth your time to check exactly what your legal obligations will be in your new location.
Inventory check
In the New Jersey Apartment Rentals market, it is usually the landlord’s responsibility to repair and maintain the apartment in a habitable condition. Which means it must be safe and hygienic in all respects. But before you move in, you need to do a full inventory check with the landlord and write down the details of any damage.
You than need to ask your landlord to sign the inventory because this is the best way to avoid being held responsible for wear and tear that occurred before you lived there. All repairs for damage caused by the tenant are the responsibility of the tenant and a suitably qualified person should be hired to undertake anything other than minor repairs.
Repair Requests
You need to make sure you find out from the landlord how you can contact him/her if you need repairs that are their responsibility. You need to agree to what action to take if an emergency repair is needed. For example, can you contact an emergency plumber yourself, or will the landlord guarantee a swift 24 hour 7 days a week response to an urgent situation.
Be pro-active
Before you sign a lease for any New Jersey Apartment Rentals, you need to be pro-active in finding out if the neighborhood will suit your requirements. Talk to as many neighbors as you can and ask these very important questions:
Do You Like Living in this apartment? You will be surprised at the honesty that you will get to this question.
Is it ever noisy? – Make sure you ask this question, because while you are there and checking things out it may seem quiet, but you need to find out if there are any hidden noise issues.
How is the Landlord? – Now before you sign a lease, the landlord is usually very pleasant, but find out from some of the residents that have been there for a few years, and see what they have to say about the landlord.
Neighborhood – Walk around the area to check out the amenities and public transportation. and than ask the residents what their likes and dislikes are.
Security – You need do find about the security in the building and if the residents feel safe. With just a little research when looking into a New Jersey apartment, you will save yourself a lot of time and trouble in the future.

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Apartment Rentals


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