My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New Jersey
Hello, I am subletting for a month in NJ. I'm an unofficial sublettor and I paid the tenant directly with certified checks (therefore I do have a printed record of the security deposit and rent.) I live in a multi-story apartment building. I have a few questions.
1) First off, I do have emails between us stating the amount of the lease and the lease term and security deposit. Would that count as a written agreement or does it need to be signed?
2) I'm worried about getting my security deposit back if she refuses to pay it back. I definitely will be leaving the apartment in better condition that when I moved in. Do i have legal recourse if she doesn't give it back? Does accepting my rent and security deposit create a landlord/tenant relationship?
The previous questions are mainly to have my bases covered. The most important question...
3) I've been bitten a few times in the week since I moved in. I'm concerned it might be bed bug bites. I know NJ law says the landlord should pay for the initial extermination. However, I know sometimes bed bugs need a follow-up cleaning and that also I would have other expenses in getting my clothing cleaned/mattress cover etc. Would the tenant I lease from be responsible for paying this?
4) If I choose to move out before the end of my 1-month lease b/c of the bug bites (whatever it is, I'm allergic), can I get back the rent I paid as well as the security deposit?
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!