New Jersey Residential Lease

New Jersey Residential Lease

Easily create a residential fixed-term lease or a month-to-month rental agreement that is tailored to New Jersey law.  This form lets you specify who can live on the property, the amount of rent, and how it's to be paid; set the security deposit and explain how it will be used and returned; explain your rights to enter the rental and the tenant's and landlord's upkeep responsibilities.

You can save and edit the form before you buy--just create a Nolo.com account. It's easy, free, and there's no obligation to buy anything. If you purchase the form, you'll be able to print, send, or download it.

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New Jersey landlord? Create a residential lease for your state

New Jersey landlord-tenant law can get complicated. Before you rent out your property, be sure you have a lease or rental agreement that’s specifically designed to comply with New Jersey law. This Nolo lease takes into account state laws, and also points out where local laws may affect you, as well.  

In your legally binding lease or rental agreement, you’ll set out all the key terms of the tenancy: who may occupy the unit, the amount of rent due, and when and how rent must be paid. It also states the amount of the security deposit and explains how you will use it for damage, cleaning, or unpaid rent. To set clear expectations, the lease explains your legal right to enter the unit, and your responsibilities for keeping it safe and maintained.

You can also include other terms: for example, restrictions on guests, allowed uses of the property, and your policies on late rent and bounced checks. Finally, you can make legally required disclosures about environmental hazards or other issues.

This plain-English lease or rental agreement comes with step-by-step instructions, clearly explaining what each clause means and how to fill in the required information. It includes links to local rent control boards and other government websites that provide helpful information for landlords. 

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