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1. The summary dispossess process is initiated by the filing of a tenancy complaint in the Special Civil Part – Landlord /Tenant section – in the county in which the premises are located.
2. Upon filing the complaint, the clerk of the court may either mail the complaint, along with a summons, by ordinary mail to the tenant at the address supplied by the landlord, or may deliver the complaint personally or by affixing a copy of the summons and complaint on the door of the premises.
3. Once the summons and complaint are served, a trial date is scheduled. The trial date is usually between 10 and 30 days from the date of service. No answer to the complaint is required; rather, the defendant is directed to appear at the trial and state a defense at that time.
At trial, a landlord that is a corporate entity or limited liability company must be represented by an attorney. The same prohibition applies to the tenant.
4. At trial, the case is called and, if the tenant fails to appear, then the landlord obtains a default judgment for possession upon the filing of a certification setting forth the amount of rent due.
If the tenant appears, the case is usually mediated by a law clerk or trained mediator in an effort to dispose of the case.
5. If the case does not settle, then it is tried. The court will determine the amount of rent due, unpaid and owing and award possession to the landlord (assuming the tenant has no defense to failure to pay the rent).
6. Even after a judgment for possession is entered, a tenant has an opportunity to redeem the premises by paying the rent due to the landlord, or to the court clerk, by the close of business on the date of the trial. By doing so, the tenant is permitted to remain in the premises. Alternatively, the tenant does have a right of appeal from a final judgment in a summary dispossess action.
7. A judgment for possession is enforced by the issuance of a warrant of removal.
A landlord must make a written application for the warrant within 30 days after a judgment for possession has been entered, which time period may be extended by court order or by written agreement signed by the parties and filed with the clerk.
8. Once a court officer (known as a “constable”) is assigned, he or she executes the warrant by removing all persons from the premises, by force if necessary, and returning possession to the landlord.
A constable is not required to remove a tenant’s goods from the premises, but he must give the tenant an opportunity to remove his goods or the constable may remove them himself as agent of the landlord."
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