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Rental Basics in East Orange : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Apr 6, 2014
Andrew Tisellano answered:
request the last month back in writing. also ask for the bank statement showing where your deposit is held.
He has 30 days to show you the statement.
If he does not comply speak to an attorney or take him to landlord tenancy court.


You realize this may cause a lot of friction between you and your landlord.

So maybe feel him out and ask him if he understands the law. You can get a tenancy rights book from the NJ state website and can show him the laws.
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Sat Jun 27, 2009
Jane Myong answered:
like gina said, if it's owned by an individual, it will all depend on that landlord.

for example, my landlord client was willing to rent to my tenant client who was going through a short sale, since he understood what has been going on in the real estate market

another landlord client, refused a tenant with over $200K combined income, due to the fact that their credit score was below 700

it will all depend on the landlord, in my opinion
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Fri Jun 26, 2009
Leon & Delretha De Vose answered:
One prospect called me recently and described to me a similar situation. She was approved for the apartment and given a move-in date. There was a barrel of issues as she described the matter to me. The first thing I learned was that the person who was paid to get tenants was not licensed, which was a major problem all by itself.

She called me again to thank me for my advice on how to handle the situation and added an element that she had not before. The unlicensed rental agent asked her about an article of clothing that depicted her religion. She corrected him on what religion the article represented. A few days later she received a letter with all of her moneys refunded and a letter revoking the approval. She questioned the unlicensed rental agent who all but told her it was because of her religion. She called the local HUD office where she learned that the landlord had violated the Federal (I should note also the State) anti-discrimination laws. The rest is history. She will likely get the apartment rent- free for a year or two and still be able to sue. Not to mention the fines and other sanctions from HUD. If she then exercises her right to file a State case... .

New Jersey Law Against Discrimination is about the tightest in the nation. You have a right to know their basis for withdrawing their approval.

You do not have to have a signed lease. You only need to have a letter of either disapproval or as in the above case, a letter revoking a prior approval. The laws are slightly different for owner-occupied two-family houses and a few other very narrow categories. The only absolute prohibition is race. However, a real estate licensee CANNOT be involved in a rental that exercises even the properly excepted otherwise illegal discrimination.

You can go to this site for the NJ brochure: http://www.nj.gov/oag/dcr/downloads/kyrhousing02.pdf,

We wish you the best, and will be glad to help in any way we can.
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