Thank you for your question, What you are looking for is commonly referred to as a "Mutual Release Agreement". I doubt that the tenant will be amenable to signing this if you do not also release him from any liability. While I completely understand your reasoning in not wanting to release him from liability because of any damage he might have done to the property during his tenancy, it is common practice that the landlord and the tenant do a "Final Walk through" together at the termination of the tenancy. I understand that living in New Jersey makes it physically impossible to conduct this "Walk through" with the tenant, but I wanted to address this issue so that if the tenant insists on mutual releases, you will understand why he would be insisting on the mutual release. However, if you use certain language to retain your rights, the tenant might not be too reluctant to accept the language. If you have photographs of the property that you took when the tenant first took possession of the property, you could soften the language by saying something like,
"...Lessor and Lessee hereby agree that the demised premises in the photographs attached hereto, made a part hereof, and designated Exhibit "A", Exhibit "B", and Exhibit "C", (and so on), accurately depict the demised premises and the condition and state thereof at the commencement of the lease term. Lessee hereby warrants and represents that the demised premises are in the identical condition and state at the time that Lessee vacated the property, ordinary wear and tear, excepted..."
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