New Jersey Tenant Screening
Flood Zone: Prior to move-in, landlord must inform tenant if rental is in a flood zone or area (does not apply to properties containing two or fewer dwelling units, or to owner-occupied properties of three or fewer units). (N.J. Stat. Ann. §46:8-50)
Truth in Renting Act: Except in buildings of 2 or fewer units, and owner-occupied premises of 3 or fewer units, landlord must distribute to new tenants at or prior to move-in the Department of Community Affairs’ statement of legal rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords of rental dwelling units (Spanish also). (N.J.S.A. §§46:8-44, 46:8-45, 46:8-46)
Child Protection Window Guards: Landlords of multi-family properties must include information in the lease about tenants’ rights to request window guards. The Legislature’s Model Lease and Notice clause reads as follows: “The owner (landlord) is required by law to provide, install and maintain window guards in the apartment if a child or children 10 years of age or younger is, or will be, living in the apartment or is, or will be, regularly present there for a substantial period of time if the tenant gives the owner (landlord) a written request that the window guards be installed. The owner (landlord) is also required, upon the written request of the tenant, to provide, install and maintain window guards in the hallways to which persons in the tenant’s unit have access without having to go out of the building. If the building is a condominium, cooperative or mutual housing building, the owner (landlord) of the apartment is responsible for installing and maintaining window guards in the apartment and the association is responsible for installing and maintaining window guards in hallway windows. Window guards are only required to be provided in first floor windows where the window sill is more than six feet above grade or there are other hazardous conditions that make installation of window guards necessary to protect the safety of children.” The notice must be conspicuous and in boldface type.
Background Check Coverage for New Jersey Tenant Screening:
- Criminal & Sex Offender Records – A statewide search including NJ Admin Office Of Courts, NJ Admin Office Of Courts Defendant List, NJ Admin Office Of Courts Sentence Disposition, NJ Debarment List, NJ Department Of Corrections, NJ Department Of Corrections Admissions, NJ Department Of Corrections Release, NJ Department Of Corrections Resident, NJ Sex Offender Registry, NJ Superior Court.
- Eviction Records – The following counties are included Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.
- Bankruptcies, Liens & Judgments – The following counties are included Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.