What Is Security Of Tenure?

Security of tenure provides that the tenant has the legal right to continue the tenancy indefinitely unless the tenant violates certain rules or regulations or the landlord has a compelling reason to reclaim possession of the premises. This provision is a major departure from the traditional concept that the landlord had the arbitrary right to terminate the lease at the end of any term. The right of the landlord to raise rent is the major area of conflict in the enforcement of security of tenure. All municipalities with rent control have security of tenure laws. New Jersey has the only statewide security of tenure law.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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