Eviction appeals -- New Jersey

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Old Sep 21st, 2010, 05:21 AM   #1
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New Jersey: we are being evicted for non-payment of rent - we were supposed to receive credit toward rent and security deposit for work we did on a rental house to make it habitable. Now the landlord does not want to give us credit for any rent and we have put over 100 hours work plus about $3000 worth of materials into the house. We did not attend the hearing where she obtained a default judgment - we were trying to obtain the money to pay the rent that day to prevent the eviction. We found an agency who would have paid it but could not because there is no certificate of occupancy. We asked for an order to show cause and presented evidence of the work we had done and asserted there was no rent due for the period. The judge refused to even entertain our evidence and only granted an extension of the date when we had to be out by 7 days. It's outrageous - we have to move out and presently have no where to go. Is there an appeal process in New Jersey?
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Old Sep 21st, 2010, 10:42 PM   #2
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Sorry but you are done. You had to attend the case to be heard in court. You didn't show. Bad decision. You asked for a hearing to show cause and present your case. The judge shot you down flat. There may be another appeal, but it won't go anywhere. Unless you had this agreement to credit you for work in WRITING, you did that work for nothing. Any work you did is a present to the LL and you cannot remove the improvements you made unless you want to be charged for restoring the unit to its present condition. Find another place to move quickly. If you aren't out within those 7 days, you will be set out of the unit by a court officer or deputy.
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