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I live in NJ. My garage has been broken into twice. While…

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I live in NJ...

I live in NJ. My garage has been broken into twice. While minimal amounts of property has been taken, my landlord does not seem to be taking this seriously. We have no security cameras, we have had continuous issues with the front doors being broken or left open by other tenants. Do I have any type of recourse?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?

NJ

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

Like police reports? Yes on both occassions

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I don't think so

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Lawyer: RealEstateAnswer, Lawyer replied 9 months ago
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Real Estate Lawyer: RealEstateAnswer, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Good afternoon. I am sorry to hear about this. Does the garage have a lock on it?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
it does. They have changed the lock previously. This now will be the second time.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
There is an overall security concern in general. For example, people that live in other buildings can gain access to ours with their key fob. This is the second break in in a year.
Real Estate Lawyer: RealEstateAnswer, Lawyer replied 9 months ago

Thank you for the reply. Yes, the landlord has an obligation and duty to provide a safe and secure rental property. If they are aware of issues, they need to take the necessary steps to correct and prevent this from happening. If they fail to do so and are placed on notice about it, they could be in breach. If they are in breach and the landlord does not care and refuses to do anything, you could have a basis to break the lease, vacate and sue. If this continues to happen and the landlord does nothing, you do not have to be a victim and could vacate and if they try and sue you, for breaking the lease, defend it, so retain all evidence of this and your attempts to get the landlord to fix it and their failure to do so.

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