My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New Jersey
We just signed a lease on a new house. We were supposed to move in on June 1st, and now it's June 4th. He said contractors will be coming in and out getting the place to code, he hasn't formally given us the keys yet, and the place is inhabitable. There is still garbage on the floor, holes in the wall, and he told me he didn't pass inspection yet.
We pay $3900 a month in rent, and the first 4 day's it's been inhabitable/we really haven't gotten our keys, and the doors remain unlocked and all our stuff is in the basement.
We already paid for this month in advance, but we basically pay $130/day (3900/30) so since we haven't been able to live here for 4 days, would we be able to receive a $520 credit + $130 per day that he doesn't get the placed cleaned up?
We need to start living there because classes have already started and we need a place to sleep!
If so, how do I approach him and inform him that will we need a refund? Should I just send him a letter? Be like, would you like to send a refund check or would you like to deduct that amount from next month's rent?