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Landlord Wants Garage Empty in 3 1/2 Days

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What is the name of your state? NJ
Renting a unit in a complex in NJ. After 2-3 years of renting we added a garage to our lease so we now rent an apartment and a garage. No stipulations in lease regarding garage use (storage vs car). December 2005 parking issues began to arise within the complex so landlord decided to issue parking permits for the lots - one per unit - for those without a garage. Landlord also issued a notice entitled 'RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR ALL APARTMENTS' in December 2005 in which he states
'When the Tenant has a garage ... the garage may only be used for vehicle parking and bicycle storage. The garage space may not be used for storage.'

1:30 pm July 13, 2006 received a notice that on Monday 07/17/06 they will begin renovations on the garages and that all of our belongings must be removed from the premises by that time. The renovations are expected to take two weeks. The notice further states that they will 'try to accomodate' us with 'temporary storage space' during this time for our 'personal belongings' and that 'any items left in the garages will be disposed of during the construction.'

So here are my questions:

1. Because at the time I added the garage to my lease there were no limitations on the use of the garage, am I still technically able to store whatever I please there, be it a car or my Christmas decorations? Is there some sort of 'Grandfather clause' that allows me to still use the garage as I see fit (reasonable, of course)?

2. My husband runs his own business and has a BEVY of supplies in our garage. It is full. It will probably take him/us at least two weekends to empty it out. He cannot take a day off from work to do it, b/c if he doesn't work he doesn't get paid.

3. They will 'try to accomodate us with temporary storage' - don't they have to do a little better than that? Some of this equipment is expensive. Do they owe us some sort of security for the stuff they 'temporarily' store?


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Did you sign a separate lease for the garage and if not, was it added to your current lease?

Also, what, exactly does the lease for the garage say?


I signed a one-page Lease Addendum that says:

'The landlord agrees, pursuant to the request of th etenant to lease garage no 79 to tenant effective July 1, 2004.
The tenant agrees, in addition to the payment of rent as provided in Lease stated above, to pay an additional sum of $45.00 per month for said garage during the term of the present Lease Agreement.
All other conditions and terms of said Lease shall remain in full force and effect without change.'
It is signed by somone whose signature I cannot read, by myslef, and witnessed by the property manager.

As I said, the original lease agreement makes no references to any garage.
We also did receive that notice regarding 'Rules and Regulations' in December of 2005 that said garage couldn't be used for personal storage - cars and bikes only.

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