Consequences of Paying Rent Late in New Jersey

Paying rent late in New Jersey can cost you money--and possibly your tenancy.

Your lease or rental agreement and New Jersey state law are the key places to look for answers to this question. Basically, if you pay rent late, you may be hit with a late fee and possibly face the termination of your tenancy. To avoid problems, know when your rent is due and pay it on time.

Read the Rent and Termination Clauses in Your Lease or Rental Agreement

Look for a clause called Payment of Rent, or something similar. Basically, you want to find out the following:

  • the date that rent is due—this is usually the first of the month (and this is the date the landlord receives your rent payment, not the date that the envelope with your mailed rent check is postmarked)
  • what happens if the first of the month falls on a weekend or holiday (your lease may give you until the next business day to pay rent)
  • whether or not you have a grace period before rent is considered late, and
  • whether or not your landlord will charge you a late fee (and how much) if you don’t pay rent on time. In limited cases (such as a senior citizen tenant who is receiving Social Security benefits), New Jersey landlords must wait five days before charging a late fee. (See N.J. Stat. Ann. §â
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