Can I be kicked out of an apartment that I currently live in if I do not meet the credit requirements?

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Can I be kicked out of an apartment that I currently live in if I do not meet the credit requirements?

I currently live in an apartment with a roommate. The roommate is moving out and is not renewing the lease. The leasing office is telling me that my credit does not meet the qualifications for the apartment. My income is substantially over the income requirements on my own. There are some items on my credit report that I was caught off-guard with and there is an error where one item was listed twice on accident by the collections agency. These things have been fixed but are not showing on my credit report as being fixed yet. Can I be kicked out of my apartment because of this?

Asked on March 30, 2012 under Real Estate Law, New Jersey

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written, if the lease presently in effect will be terminating and your landlord does not want to renew it due to your credit score, then your landlord has every right to do so under the law. If you want to remain in the rental that you are writing about, I suggest that you have a face to face meeting with the landlord to see what can be done for you to remain as a tenant.


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