As a landlord, the best way to avoid potential problems and protect yourself from trouble with tenants is to have a well-drafted lease agreement that enumerates all the rental terms. While drafting such contracts, landlords and tenants must realize that they are also bound by New Jersey law to maintain their rental properties to a certain standard. Similarly, tenants must abide by certain terms in order to avoid eviction. Furthermore, the laws regarding security deposits are extremely sensitive and must be abided by both the landlord and tenant. New Jersey laws regarding how a landlord should handle security deposits is very strict and failure to comply with them could result in landlord liability for double damages.