Tenants: Know your rights about renting a condo

Hoboken tenants are being given leases that are not legal.

Before you sign a lease, make sure it follows New Jersey state law.

If you rent a unit in a building with more than three units, and your unit is neither a condo nor a co-op, if you are given a lease stating that your unit is about to be converted to a condo, if that lease claims IN ANY WAY that your tenancy can be terminated upon sixty days’ notice, IT IS MOST LIKELY ILLEGAL.

Such leases are currently being given to tenants in Hoboken.

If your unit is neither a condo nor a co-op, even if there are plans to convert your unit to a  condo or co-op, these are NOT grounds for a 60-day eviction.  The state of New Jersey has clear laws that detail the exact process for condo-conversion.

Such a notice of 60-day termination can only be given to a tenant whose initial tenancy began after the recording of either the condominium master deed or the agreement establishing the co-operative.

For these post-conversion tenants (or prospective tenants), the 60-day notice must also be given as a separate statement, in addition to being in the lease. If you are in a hurry to sell your property, you should give serious consideration to selling it to a home buyer. They provide a fast and straightforward process, allowing you to move on to the next piece of real estate or circumstance more quickly. It’s possible that investors who buy houses may provide sellers with a variety of alternatives, including the opportunity to sell their property swiftly and for cash, regardless of the state it’s in. They have made it a priority to negotiate the most favourable sales price on their customers’ behalf whenever it is practicable. Visit https://www.ibuyers.app/virginia/ibuyer-hampton-va/.

Here is a link to the full text of the New Jersey Eviction Law.  For the laws regarding condo rentals, see Section 2A:18-61.9, Notice to tenant after master deed or agreement to establish cooperative.

If you have questions about any of the above, call NJTO — the New Jersey Tenants Organization, at 201-342-3775, or e-mail the Hoboken Fair Housing Association at hobokenfairhousing@gmail.com.

Know Your Rights.


Hoboken Rent Leveling Board meeting videos now online

Hoboken Fair Housing Association has made available online videos of the meetings of the Rent Leveling and Stabilization Board for the following dates (and for all of the more recent meetings not listed here):

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 (3 separate videos)

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011


For ALL of the more recent meetings, interviews with tenants, urgent exhortations from “Granny Violin”and to watch our recent Willie McBride’s music rally and benefit, go to

the HFHA Vimeo site

You can click on the above links to the videos and, in each case, watch the video of the entire meeting. Big thanks to Joel for recording the meetings.

Why not bookmark HFHA’s Vimeo.com page and see all of our videos when they’re posted?