- even though she doesn't have a written agreement with me, we have a tenant and landlord relationship?
A. Yes you have a Landlord Tenant relationship.
what are her rights here?
A. She has the rights of a tenant. She cannot be evicted except through court action if she does not leave voluntarily.
what has building department to do in this whole situation?
The department would only be involved if there was a question about the habitability of the apartment.
- what is an eviction letter and how is it issued?
It would be a letter from you to her informing her that if she does not pay the rent by a certain date, you will file an eviction action. Technically you do not have to give any notice before filing suit ( New Jersey Stat. Ann. § 2:18-61.2) but it is better to give a notice and payment deadline.
are there any reason for which she could delay her rent?
A. Not really unless she claims that their is a habitability issue.
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