If I’m a renter on the second floor of a 4-unit apatment house, what rights do I have to ensure my safety/security from other occupants?

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If I’m a renter on the second floor of a 4-unit apatment house, what rights do I have to ensure my safety/security from other occupants?

A few months ago, the first floor tenant allowed his son, girlfriend, and two children to move into his 1BR apt with him. A month after this, the son was arrested for theft and breaking/entering, when he broke into and stole approximately $5000 in jewelry from the third floor tenant. Since his arrest and bail payment, he has continued to reside on the first floor. He and his girlfriend have also filed “change-of-address” forms and are now receiving legal mail here. And further thefts and suspicious activities have occurred in the neighborhood since his release, including some clothing and blankets I kept in storage.

Asked on December 8, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Given what you have written I suggest that you consult with your landlord as to your concerns as to the theft and what he or she intends to do to resolve matters. Do a follow up letter for your records. I also suggest that you get renter's insurance for your belongings. You might want to consider moving after your lease is up.


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