NJ Landlords Would Owe Tenant Attys' Fees Under New Bill

Law360, New York (March 14, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey Assembly panel on Thursday cleared a bill requiring New Jersey's residential landlords to pay tenants' attorneys' fees when tenants win disputes with landlords, following a contentious hearing in which landlord and tenant advocates squared off over the bill's fairness.

Currently, lease agreements in the state often mandate that a tenant will be responsible for the landlord's attorneys' fees and expenses if the landlord is successful in a landlord-tenant dispute, but the bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Craig J. Coughlin, D-Middlesex, would require New Jersey's...
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