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The New Jersey Truth in Renting Act

  The Truth in Renting Act was signed into law on February 19, 1976, as Chapter 310 of the New Public Laws of 1975.  The Act requires the New Jersey Department of Community of Affairs to prepare, distribute and update annually a statement in English and in Spanish of the rights and responsibilities of residential tenants and landlords in the State. The Act calls for distribution of the statement to all tenants with a rental term of at least one month living in residences with more than two dwelling units ( or more than three if the landlord occupies one). The landlord is required to give a copy of the current statement to each tenant when a lease is entered into, and to make available the current statement in the building where the tenants can easily find it.

  A landlord who does not properly distribute the statement can be subject to a penalty of up to $100 for each offense. Enforcement of this statute is handled through the Superior Court, Special Civil Part, Landlord-Tenant Section in the county the building is located or in the county the defendant resides. A tenant or landlord may represent him or herself or hire an attorney.

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About the Current Statement

The Truth in Renting Statement is available from the Department of Community Affairs, Office of Landlord-Tenant Information, PO Box 805, Trenton, N.J. 08625-0805 (see order form in the back of this booklet). 
The Office of Landlord-Tenant Information does not have jurisdictional authority over the administration of the courts, nor can the Office render legal advice. Any change in the size or the print or content of the booklet that is not approved in writing by the Office of Landlord-Tenant Information will be considered to be in violation of the Act. The deadline for posting and distributing this current statement is 30 days after the Department of Community Affairs makes it available for distribution.

  The statement is based on existing State laws, regulations and court cases. Its purpose is for information and reference only, not for legal advice. It is not a complete summary of all laws and court decisions that concern landlord-tenant relations. Any person who plans to take legal action may wish to consult with the appropriate enforcing agency, a county legal services agency, a private attorney, or an owners’, tenants’, or mobile home organization (see back of booklet for address and telephone listings).

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