There are exceptions to the blanket rule that a New Jersey tenant who breaks a lease owes the rent for the remaining lease term. You can legally relocate before the lease term expires in the following circumstances.
While Starting Active Military Duty
If you subscribe to active military duties after signing a lease in New Jersey, you are at liberty to break the lease under federal laws. Eligible persons must be part of the “uniformed services,” that includes; corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the armed forces, the activated National Guard and corps for the Public Health Service. You must also notify your landlord in writing of your intention to terminate your tenancy due to military reasons. Once the notice is physically delivered or mailed, your tenancy will end 30 days after the date the next rent was due. State rules can also apply in New Jersey to tenants who require breaking a lease to join the military.
When Suffering from a Disabling Condition or Moving Into a Seniors Housing Facility
The state law offers early lease termination rights for tenants suffering from a disabling accident or illness or who are aged 62 years and above and need to relocate into assisted living facilities. The facilities include continuing care communities and nursing homes. The early termination rights are subject to the tenant meeting precise conditions like having a physician’s certification.
If You or Your Child Suffers From Domestic Violence
The state law also gives early termination privileges for tenants or their children who suffers from domestic violence. This is on condition that some specified requirements are fully met. One of the conditions is the tenant obtaining a lifetime restraining orders.
If a Rental Unit Is Unsafe or Violating the New Jersey Health or Safety Codes
If your landlord does not offer habitable housing in accordance with state and local housing codes, a court can rule that the tenant has been “constructively evicted”. This ruling means that the landlord has evicted you by offering unlivable housing. Therefore, you have no further liability for the rent. However, there are set specific conditions for the procedures you must meet before relocating because of a major repair issue. The problem must be really serious to warrant breaking a lease. One such apartment that I’ve heard great things about is the New Brunswick luxury rentals available at The Aspire. You can visit http://www.theaspire.com/ to get unmatched lifestyle facilities from rooftop gardens with panoramic views to the State-of-the-Art fitness centers.
When Your Landlord Harasses You or Violates Your Rights to Privacy
Under the New Jersey state laws, your landlord must give you a one-day notice to enter rental property for repairs or inspections and practical notice for entrance for other reasons. If your landlord constantly violates your privacy rights, you can be considered “constructively evicted”.