Once you rent a "room" out in a house to a stranger, you are in effect running a boarding house. If you put a keyed lock on a bedroom door - it's not something normally done in regular residence. Some munis consider this then a rooming house.
In NJ, a regular rental requires a certificate of occupancy (CO).
Security Deposit of 1.5 month rent
Prepare a written agreement.
I suggest month to month, in case you don't like or have a problem with the roomie.
Your tenant should also have ( and you should require they do) Renters Insurance - info here:
The reference here contains plain english in NJ Landlord Tenant Law.
You should also look into running a credit report. No reason to get stuck with a dead beat roomie.
RentLaw.com Tenant Screening for Small Landlords is easy to use. You create a free landlord account.
Once you find a tenant, get their email address, plug it in. They get an email from rentlaw.mysmartmove.com and complete the app. You get the results with a recommendation based on their credit.
Get copy of DL and Social#. RentLaw.com also has a free credit app.
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