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Landlord Legislation in New Jersey

Below is a list of laws for landlords in New Jersey. New resources, bills and articles are updated daily. You can also type in a Bill Number or Keyword in the search bar to find additional details on laws.

NJ S3357 Addresses certain landlord expenses in response to COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $350 million.*

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Addresses certain landlord expenses in response to COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $350 million.*
Sponsors
Brian Stack Shirley Turner Steven Oroho Michael Testa Nicholas Sacco Fred Madden
Last Action
Senate Amendment (24-0) (Stack)
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s3357/

NJ A4617 Addresses certain landlord expenses in response to COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $300 million.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Addresses certain landlord expenses in response to COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $300 million.
Sponsors
John Burzichelli Benjie Wimberly Annette Chaparro Joe Danielsen William Spearman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Holly Schepisi Robert Clifton Eliana Marin
Last Action
Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a4617/

NJ S3037 Establishes assistance program to assist landlord of one- and two-family dwellings during COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $50 million.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes assistance program to assist landlord of one- and two-family dwellings during COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $50 million.
Sponsors
Brian Stack Troy Singleton Declan O'Scanlon Shirley Turner
Last Action
Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s3037/

NJ A4924 Establishes assistance program to assist landlord of one- and two-family dwellings during COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $50 million.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes assistance program to assist landlord of one- and two-family dwellings during COVID-19 pandemic; appropriates $50 million.
Sponsors
Brian Bergen Linda Carter Serena DiMaso Antwan McClellan Erik Simonsen Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Sean Kean
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a4924/

NJ S3022 “Emergency Tenant and Landlord Assistance Act”; appropriates $300 million.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
"Emergency Tenant and Landlord Assistance Act"; appropriates $300 million.
Sponsors
Robert Singer Brian Stack
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s3022/

NJ A4682 “Emergency Tenant and Landlord Assistance Act”; appropriates $300 million.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
"Emergency Tenant and Landlord Assistance Act"; appropriates $300 million.
Sponsors
William Spearman Thomas Giblin Linda Carter Erik Simonsen Antwan McClellan
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a4682/

NJ S3583 Concerns eviction and homelessness prevention; provides financial assistance to residential landlords and tenants in response to COVID-19 pandemic; and making appropriations.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerns eviction and homelessness prevention; provides financial assistance to residential landlords and tenants in response to COVID-19 pandemic; and making appropriations.
Sponsors
Brian Stack
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s3583/

NJ A3109 Establishes confidentiality of landlord-tenant court records; addresses adverse actions on rental applications.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes confidentiality of landlord-tenant court records; addresses adverse actions on rental applications.
Sponsors
John McKeon Mila Jasey Raj Mukherji Valerie Huttle Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a3109/

NJ S539 Establishes confidentiality of landlord-tenant court records; addresses adverse actions on rental applications.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes confidentiality of landlord-tenant court records; addresses adverse actions on rental applications.
Sponsors
Richard Codey Ronald Rice Brian Stack Shirley Turner Nilsa Cruz-Perez Joseph Cryan
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s539/

NJ S3387 Establishes confidentiality of landlord-tenant court records.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes confidentiality of landlord-tenant court records.
Sponsors
Ronald Rice Brian Stack
Last Action
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s3387/

NJ A5521 Establishes confidentiality of court records of landlord-tenant disputes after five years.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes confidentiality of court records of landlord-tenant disputes after five years.
Sponsors
Raj Mukherji
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a5521/

NJ S3530 Establishes confidentiality of court records of landlord-tenant disputes after five years.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes confidentiality of court records of landlord-tenant disputes after five years.
Sponsors
Joseph Cryan
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s3530/

NJ S2156 Permits water and sewerage service sub-metering in multi-family dwellings.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Permits water and sewerage service sub-metering in multi-family dwellings.
Sponsors
Joseph Vitale
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Economic Growth Committee
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s2156/

NJ A490 Permits landlords to take actions after death of tenant in certain situations.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Permits landlords to take actions after death of tenant in certain situations.
Sponsors
Jay Webber Jamel Holley Annette Chaparro
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a490/

NJ A4226 Concerns mortgage forbearance for certain residential homeowners and protections for certain tenants and landlords during COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Concerns mortgage forbearance for certain residential homeowners and protections for certain tenants and landlords during COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsors
Britnee Timberlake Benjie Wimberly Angela Mcknight Thomas Giblin
Last Action
Combined with A4034 (ACS)
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a4226/

NJ S115 “Immigrant Tenant Protection Act.”

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
"Immigrant Tenant Protection Act."
Sponsors
Nia Gill Sandra Cunningham Teresa Ruiz Nellie Pou Brian Stack
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s115/

NJ A866 “Immigrant Tenant Protection Act.”

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
"Immigrant Tenant Protection Act."
Sponsors
Nicholas Chiaravalloti Angela Mcknight
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a866/

NJ A3435 Authorizes imposition of additional fines for overcrowding.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Authorizes imposition of additional fines for overcrowding.
Sponsors
Harold Wirths
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a3435/

NJ A4034 Authorizes Governor to permit mortgage forbearance and rent payment Provides mortgage payment relief, consumer reporting protection, and eviction protection for resident property owners, tenants and other consumers, economically impacted during time of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.*

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Authorizes Governor to permit mortgage forbearance and rent payment Provides mortgage payment relief, consumer reporting protection, and eviction protection for resident property owners, tenants and other consumers, economically impacted during time of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.*
Sponsors
Britnee Timberlake Benjie Wimberly Angela Mcknight Shanique Speight Thomas Giblin Joe Danielsen Andrew Zwicker William Moen Yvonne Lopez Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Mila Jasey Raj Mukherji John McKeon Valerie Huttle Carol Murphy Pedro Mejia Angelica Jimenez Linda Carter Annette Chaparro Daniel Benson Gabriela Mosquera Roy Freiman Adam Taliaferro Shavonda Sumter Cleopatra Tucker Ralph Caputo Jamel Holley
Last Action
Substituted by S2340 (2R)
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a4034/

NJ S2340 Provides mortgage payment relief, income tax relief, consumer reporting protection, and eviction protection for residential property owners, tenants, and other consumers, during time of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.**

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Provides mortgage payment relief, income tax relief, consumer reporting protection, and eviction protection for residential property owners, tenants, and other consumers, during time of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.**
Sponsors
Troy Singleton Linda Greenstein Britnee Timberlake Benjie Wimberly Angela Mcknight Shanique Speight Shirley Turner Dawn Addiego Thomas Giblin Joe Danielsen Andrew Zwicker William Moen Yvonne Lopez Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Mila Jasey Raj Mukherji John McKeon Valerie Huttle Carol Murphy Pedro Mejia Angelica Jimenez Linda Carter Annette Chaparro Daniel Benson Gabriela Mosquera Roy Freiman Adam Taliaferro Shavonda Sumter Cleopatra Tucker Ralph Caputo Jamel Holley Loretta Weinberg Teresa Ruiz
Last Action
Senate Amendment (25-0) (Singleton)
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s2340/

NJ A3593 Requires landlords to provide tenants with certain notice concerning conditions that may cause damage or hazards on rental property.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Requires landlords to provide tenants with certain notice concerning conditions that may cause damage or hazards on rental property.
Sponsors
Britnee Timberlake Angela Mcknight Valerie Huttle Mila Jasey Shanique Speight Annette Quijano Roy Freiman
Last Action
Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a3593/

NJ S878 Requires landlords to provide tenants with certain notice concerning conditions that may cause damage or hazards on rental property.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Requires landlords to provide tenants with certain notice concerning conditions that may cause damage or hazards on rental property.
Sponsors
Joseph Cryan Nia Gill
Last Action
Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s878/

NJ A4182 Requires landlord to allow tenant to make rent payment using credit card during COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Requires landlord to allow tenant to make rent payment using credit card during COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsors
Thomas Giblin Benjie Wimberly Clinton Calabrese Troy Singleton Joseph Cryan John McKeon Nellie Pou
Last Action
Approved P.L.2020, c.149.
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a4182/

NJ A1738 Establishes the “Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights.”

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Establishes the "Safe Sanitary Subsidized Rental Housing Bill of Rights."
Sponsors
Angela Mcknight Nancy Munoz Ralph Caputo Annette Chaparro John McKeon Britnee Timberlake Shanique Speight
Last Action
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-a1738/

NJ S1668 Provides rental and lease protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Introduced Session

2020-2021 Regular Session

Summary
Provides rental and lease protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Sponsors
Linda Greenstein
Last Action
Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/nj-2020-s1668/

Must-Know New Jersey Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

New Jersey Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Eviction Moratorium Ends

Time to Focus on Rental Assistance Breaking News August 27, 2021 The U.S. Supreme Court ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) eviction moratorium Thursday night, giving much-needed relief to America’s small housing providers facing financial hardship for more than a year. In a 6-3 ruling, a majority of justices agreed that the stay on the lower court’s order finding the CDC’s eviction moratorium to be unlawful was no longer justified. In their order, the justices wrote, “The

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A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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