What security measures must landlords provide tenants?
You want to feel as safe as possible in your New Jersey apartment. You can take security measures on your own, but you may wonder if your landlord must provide tenants with specific security measures.
Understand your rights as a tenant and your landlord’s legal responsibilities regarding security. By educating yourself, you have a better idea of when your landlord may be guilty of negligence should something ever happen.
Fundamental security features
Some security features are a given with nearly every rental space. You expect your unit to have key locks for doors, window locks, deadbolt locks for outgoing doors and proper exterior lighting. Check your apartment’s smoke detector often to ensure that it works, as a functioning smoke detector is a state requirement.
Secure common areas
All sidewalks, walkways, stairways, shared laundry facilities and all other common areas on the grounds require proper lighting and secure access. Further, your landlord also bears a legal obligation to keep common areas clean and free of anything that may harm tenants or their guests.
Criminal activity prevention
Landlords must take precautions to prevent criminal activity on their rental property. Your landlord must report troublemakers to the proper authorities or remove them from the premises. In New Jersey, landlords must evict residents who commit criminal acts on the premises when such acts become a danger to other residents.
There may come a time when you feel obligated to bring a security concern or security incident to your landlord’s attention. Depending on your landlord’s response, you could have a legal case if she or he takes an improper or illegal action.