My question involves an eviction in the state of: NJ
I leased a two bedroom two bathroom apartment starting Feb 1st, 2010 for $2175 a month and then consequently subleased 1 bedroom 1 bathroom to an individual until May 31st and then month to month thereafter. Now we both are not getting along and have mutually decided to terminate the lease at the end of April, 2010. When I subleased the apartment I had him sign an agreement which is as follows...
" I xyz, am leasing apartment 123 abc street, NJ for a period of 3 months starting Feburary 7th, 2010 and month to month thereafter for $1050 a month. From June 1st 2010 the lease can be terminated with a notice of 30 days by either lessee or lessor. Failure of proper notice would result in forfeiture of deposit $1050"
Now today is April 4th and he is not paying the rent for the month of April and is saying that I can use his security deposit to pay for the month of April. He also has not yet paid me half of the utility bills for the month of February and March. What right do I have? I briefly discussed the situation with the Super of the building and he suggested that since he is not on the lease I can change the locks of the apartment and evict him, but I am not sure if that is Legal in New Jersey. On the other hand if do not do anything then he will leave at the end of April and then I will have to chase him for the unpaid utility bills. Can someone please help as to what are my rights.