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I am very sorry for your situation. If I understand you correctly, you have had an eviction
hearing and have been successful at evicting her. However, she is still not leaving. If so, then you can get a Writ
and have the local Sheriff forcefully remove her.Can I have the house locks changed today?
Technically, you are not supposed to lock her out
and must have the Sheriff first escort her out. But many who lock out ex-tenants who have been evicted get away with it because at this point, the ex-tenant really has little option at appeal.
Either way, if you lock her out or wait for the Sheriff to escort her out (recommended), you may have her things left. As such, according to N.J.S.A. 2A:18-72:A landlord may dispose of a tenant's property only if the landlord believes that the tenant is not going to try to get back into the apartment legally and has abandoned the items.
In addition, the landlord must give the tenant written notice that the landlord intends to dispose of the property. The notice must give the tenant a time period in which to claim the property. This is:
30 days after delivery of the landlord's written notice; or 33 days after the notice is mailed, whichever comes first.
After notifying the tenant that he intends to sell the tenant's property, the landlord must store the property in a safe place. The tenant is required to pay a reasonable storage cost and the cost of taking the property to the storage place.
Ergo, a letter given to her or sent to whatever address/email you may have for her may do the trick. See example below:Dear ____________,
This correspondence is in regards XXXXX XXXXX property stored at __address____, left by you on ___date_____, under the premise that it would be picked up by 33 days after your receipt of this correspondence. This property consists of the following items (list)
To this date, the property has not been picked up. Notice is hereby given that unless this property is picked up in 33 days of your receipt of this certified letter, the property in questions will be donated and otherwise disposed of.
Please contact me via ____tel and/or ___address____ to coordinate your pick up of the property.
If you do not have a forwarding address, any reasonable
way of notice would be sufficient, such as an email, or a call, or even a small ad in a local small newspaper.
You can also further sue her for the cost of the mess left behind in small claims
I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.
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