Oakhurst, NJ (PRWEB) March 4, 2007
http://www.rentlaw.com Evcitions. Evictions are not easy for a landlord or a tenant, especially when children are in a home.
Rentlaw.com, The National Landlord Tenant Guide has introduced a state by state guide to evictions for both landlords and tenants on their website http://www.rentlaw.com/eviction.htm.
In announcing this latest feature of Rentlaw.com, David Dorfman, Publisher, noted that evictions "are more common then most people believe and impact all classes."
Noting the difficulties that many tenants, especially the elderly, persons with disabilities and families, encounter when being forced to move, as well as the potential for increased homelessness due to a tight housing market, Dorfman said, "Eviction requires a reasonable balance between the needs of tenants and those of property owners."
The landlords will state it simply -- they need to get paid to pay their bills.
Dorfman suggests that tenants who cannot pay their rent and may be facing evictions "contact a local tenants organization, social services agency or other community run assistance center. Also, try speaking to the landlord and let them know the current circumstances. Have a plan."
For landlords, Dorfman recommends that if you are in business of renting, you should know all the laws, screen tenants the best you can and, to cover you as the landlord, follow the proper procedure when leasing and when noticing the tenant for any violations. In most jurisdictions, the tenant, even if they have not paid their rent, will have the upper hand.
When questioned on the current economic conditions and the job market and housing, Dorfman said, "The current economic conditions impact everyone. Rising rents and home values, a rise in property taxes, shifts in the job market , single parent/wage earner households, these all play an important role. Naturally the landlord wants to pass along his operating expenses to the tenant."
He continues, "As home values continue to rise, a stronger demand for rental housing is created, possibly driving up the price of rental units." Dorfman does point out, "With an increase in home values over the past three years, there may be times it is more beneficial to rent then own." Said Dorfman, "Especially in over built townhouse and condo developments -- where either builders or investors have to cover their mortgage payments -- look for good rental deals".
But for places where rentals are in demand -- beware. For the most part, rent control is non-existent in single family housing units, nor in many cities and towns throughout the country. Your landlord can raise the rent to whatever the market demands.
If you had signed a one-year lease, be sure to renew your lease by signing a new lease for the next year. Dorfman points out "If you don't sign a lease, in most cases, you are considered a month-to-month tenant. Your landlord may be able to give you 30 days notice to leave." Again, Dorfman says, "but the laws of evictions are very specific and both the landlord and tenant have to follow a process to protect their rights under the law."
Many landlords are using the Internet as well to check to see if an eviction appears on a tenant's credit history. So try to avoid an eviction.
For further information on Rentlaw.com and Evictions, please go to http://www.rentlaw.com/eviction.htm and follow the links to your state.