Does my landlord have any legal grounds to renovate while we live in the apartment?

UPDATED: Aug 22, 2012

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Does my landlord have any legal grounds to renovate while we live in the apartment?

My landlord calls us constantly to tell us (never asks us) that the plumber or handyman will be coming the next day. Then the guy doesn’t come at the arranged time. He will finally show up after a few days or even weeks. She refuses to give us his phone number to coordinate a mutually convenient time and expects us to come home or leave the door open (which I will not do). We feel harassed by her constant intrusions, and have told her as much. Now she wants to enclose a porch that is off of our bedroom and accessible only to us. This is a construction job requiring a permit. Can she legally?

Asked on August 22, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country if the work needed to be done to the unit you have is needed to maintain the unit and keep it in good shape, then there is nothing improper for the landlord to make the upgrades and repairs that you are writing about. However, you should get a rent reduction on a monthly basis for each month the work is being done on the unit.

I suggest that you a face to face meeting with the landlord about the situation you are writing about to try and resolve things.

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