New Jersey Standard Residential Lease Agreement Template
The New Jersey standard residential lease agreement is a contract that assigns a monthly amount to be paid by a tenant in return for occupying a property owner’s rental space. The agreement outlines the rules and regulations of the property in addition to which party will be responsible for paying utilities. Once signed, the agreement becomes legally binding and both parties will be required to operate in accordance with its terms and conditions. Before the landlord signs the contract, they should be aware that the eviction process in New Jersey is long and financially straining. Therefore, all potential tenants should be reviewed through the rental application to verify their character and ensure they have sufficient credit.
Laws – Title 46 (Property)
Handbook – Tenants’ Rights in New Jersey
- Flood Zone (§ 46:8-50) – If the property is located in a flood zone (see map), the tenant(s) must be informed of this information by the landlord.
- Lead Paint – Federal law requires landlords of housing units built before 1978 to inform tenant(s) of the existence of lead paint which may be still on the property.
- Truth in Renting (§ 46:8-45) – This form must be handed to any tenant in a residential dwelling with two (2) or more units (with the landlord not occupying one (1) of them).
- Window Guards – The landlord of a multiple-unit property, which houses one (1) or more children age ten (10) or younger, must inform tenants that the owner is required to install protective window guards. In addition, residential contracts must bear the language concerning window guards found in § 5:10-27.1.