The house should be ripped down and rebuilt, by another owner. This landlord does not do work up to code and work that is at MOST, sub-par. The handymen are very kind, do great work, but they're also sent by the landlord to collect the rent. He hates getting checks, has told my girlfriend to bring CASH in person, which is crazy because i'm sure he has tried to say we didn't pay before. Luckily she records their conversations, since NJ is a one party consent state, just to have proof of everything. He didn't have the decency to tell my pregnant girlfriend the well dried up, basically borrowed someones contractor license to do extensive work by illegal workers, we know this because the people that did work have never been on the payroll or employed by said contractor. Has constantly avoided me, as he knows my girlfriend is easier to deal with and I don't put up with lying and him trying to downplay serious issues. The entire, i mean ENTIRE stay under him as a landlord had zero time to actually enjoy living in one of his units, thats how much work needed to be done. I would not recommend anyone to ever sign a lease with Peter. He is very book smart, but treats people as if they are not intelligent or capable of finding things out. Within one month of finding problems out, we had been trying to find another place that accepts dogs, we are finally out. He sent workers in before we were done moving, to do things like cover up rotting walls with sheetrock. I hope whoever is dumb enough to move in next does more research and looks into things more. Thank god a site like this has been made, I believe all people should be allowed to view true, real experiences with a landlord. No matter what, you will never ever get your security back from Peter. Ever. He will try to find a reason to keep it. Also, he is supposed to tell you what bank its kept at and the account info, along with the interest, because YOU ARE TO BE PAID THAT INTEREST AS WELL UPON ENDING THE LEASE. JUST KNOW THAT. It is called the "RENT SECURITY ACT" We were told to withhold rent, but we believe he would have done even worse work at the unit out of spite and done even more of a minimum. We had a baby, so we couldn't put her safety at risk anymore than he already had by not disclosing black mold, asbestos, and probably some lead paint somewhere. The house is so old, I would not be surprised. GOD SPEED, ONLY SIGN A LEASE AFTER YOU MAKE A LIST OF REPAIRS THAT NEED TO BE DONE, DON'T GIVE MONEY UNTIL THEY ARE COMPLETED, REQUEST TO SEE LICENSES FROM WHO IS TO BE DOING WORK, CONTACT THE TOWNSHIP INSPECTOR AND MUNICIPAL OFFICE IF NEED BE, HAVE YOUR BASES COVERED.
This landlord does not explain anything that he legally must disclose. This is an honest review site, so I am just explaining my experience. The landlord came across extremely nice and accommodating. When I looked at the place, it was clear some work needed to be done. We were in a rush, so partly my fault. When I looked at the house, the water was working, there was heat, somewhat new appliances. There was the oldest wallpaper left, but that’s okay since we wanted to paint anyway. The landlord had me sign the lease, collected the security plus first months rent, and it was only after I began moving things it, that the NEIGHBOR told me the well had dried up and we had portable water being brought in. Since he made sure there was water, we let it go. The problems just get worse from here on out: There was a huge infestation of carpenter ants, and I mean tens of thousands on the ceiling, molding, coming from under the carpet. An exterminator quoted at least $450.00. We just kept vacuuming them up, because that’s a lot of money. I had a baby in march, but we moved in in january. The landlord, being one for many, many years, never had the water tested. So I contacted the township and board of health. His emails were not blatantly threatening, BUT he did say things such as “I don’t like when people don’t come to me, it can make problems for them,” which is clearly an underhanded threat. I contacted the town building inspector, and got another underhand threat. The inspector noted a long list of things the house needed, all of which needed permits. The landlord was clearly upset, but hey, we had a newborn baby and want a safe place to live. He couldn’t have cared less about anything happening to the baby. I contacted a lawyer, who is a family friend and actually a superior court judge for civil matters. Sent him photos of everything, he was appalled. He knows the landlord because the landlord is a lawyer, but not really a practicing one anymore. He does take small cases though. When we began taking wallpaper down in the baby’s room, we noticed a huge spot of what looked to be black mold, hidden under the paper. I immediately notified him and he sent a handyman over to rip the wall out and put up TEMPORARY Sheetrock. It was the winter, so we agree since the baby was due soon and it would all be redone when the weather permitted a permanent fix. These fixes were to be done by a licensed contractor. There was a hole in the siding of the house, which allowed moisture and wildlife to literally live inside the walls. We ignored the scratching. The handyman did great temporary work, but emphasized to Peter that it had to be fixed permanently, as the entire frame was rotten. Simultaneously, the well was being dug, there were huge trucks and tractors and excavators here every single day. It took a good three months before we had water again from the well. The portable water was about $700 a week, but we don’t pay for water, Peter did. While I was pregnant, he kept hinting he wanted to save money, and had the audacity to ask me to bathe using bottled water? Don’t do laundry, wash dishes, nothing. I was kind enough to go to laundry elsewhere, but even stretched showering to every two days to do him a favor. The spring rolls around, some guy in a Scion comes to do the frame work. The inspector clearly told peter he needed a licensed contractor to do the frame work on the house. So remember I said he is a lawyer? I dropped off rent one day and asked who was doing it, he said some guy up in Morris County. The contractor never came here, the guy who did the FRAME AND ROOFING WORK (serious, serious work) has never worked for or probably even met the contractor. I asked peter, he said “oh he’s a client who’s letting me use his license as a favor.” I said I’d be calling him and peter panicked. What he did is not only unethical, but illegal and dangerous- all to save money. The water heater looks like a science experiment, with pieces from random other things. The oil tank for two units, is shared, which is illegal. This means we had to share the price of heat and hot water with the woman next door. She’s another paragraph coming up. The work has been so bad, and extensive, that we left the wallpaper in the master bedroom because there is more mold and damage behind it. We were exhausted. It is problem after problem, he doesn’t fix things permanently and legally. You’d think he’d want to do a solid job to save money, versus crap jobs over and over. So when the outside work on the framing and roof was being done, the baby was home. We told him we want to stay in a hotel that HE can pay for or we would and take it off rent. Instead, he told us to stay in the garage next to the house!!!! It has no running water and is legally uninhabitable. It’s not up to code. Again, to save money. We ended up staying in the apartment and not going to a hotel. Windows have no screens except the smaller bedroom, every other room has old windows that allow air to come in. I was putting an AC unit it and tried to remove the storm window (which was attached by duct tape) and it fell out and shattered. Thank goodness no one was underneath it. Parts of closets have duct tape holding paint and wood together. The shower has an awful, awful smell consistently coming from it, it is worse after it rains. We think it’s because there is no trap to keep old water out and it comes back up. The sinks are the size of trailer sinks, about a foot wide and ten inches from wall to where you stand. The water pressure is not good, but that was the least of our worries. The sink faucet was rotten when we moved in, so we told him to fix it. We went and bought a new faucet and he sent his repairmen over with pieces to fix the old faucet with! This is how frugal he is. We said absolutely not and the repairmen replaced it entirely and we took it off rent. The dishwasher leaked constantly and just now (October) was replaced, although that was partly my fault as I don’t think I mentioned how urgent we needed it fixed. The neighbor can hear everything you talk about through the wall, because they used to connect from unit to unit in he big bedroom. Her door is on the other side, but you’ll find her coming and pounding on your door early and late, just to talk about how much she hates the landlord. She is a single, older woman, who defines herself as having “ADHD,” and will talk to you about the same things over and over. We got along great in the beginning, but after invading our privacy and our baby’s for months, we had to set some boundaries. She does very inappropriate things and this wasn’t just to us, but the previous tenants, who’ve had to write letters and references about their problems with her, since I’ve had to file a police report against her for harassment. I ignored her and she cancelled our garbage pickup out of spite. She screamed at me in the driveway because we didn’t dig a hole for her dead cat quick enough, she told me very inappropriate things about prior tenants, which is slander and libel. So, the first handyman who did work on the baby room wall, is kind of a friend of ours now, said he will NEVER do work for this landlord again. He agreed to $50/hr prior to the work being done with Peter, then peter only wanted to pay him $15 an hour and it took him a while to get it. I was told, Peter has done this with many people- if they don’t get a contract saying what their going rate is, he will go along the lines of “I know you said it would be a $1000 job, but I only think it’s worth $400,” and not pay people what they agreed on. Again, all about money. This entire stay we had been looking for another place and finally found one, twenty miles away, different county. I broke the lease and of course he will never give security back, ever. I was told to withhold the rent months ago, but I’m not an a**hole and paid late, but full rent. The lawyer said I should have withheld it from when I first requested repairs until everything was done entirely and legally, neither of which are still done. Now, because peter loves money, he tried to hit me with late fees and says underlying threats like, “if I take it to litigation,” I told him I will not pay a single fee. The rent is crazy considering all the problems here. If he wants to bring us to court, he will lose, as the judge will find out he did illegal work and I will subpoena everyone he sent to do said Work. I think he knows I’m serious about it too. Other smaller things, inappropriate emails which I still have about “I’m admirable enough to marry,” (when I was 9 months pregnant), phone conversation statements about intimate things which I still don’t know where that came from, calling us frugal for not wanting to pay full rent for a house with dangerous problems, spots of black mold in the foyer and on he ceiling, banging radiatior for heat, buckling living room ceiling (which is apparently being help up by the pole in the bedroom, called in “tension” or something), evicting the neighbor for back rent owed, but allowing her to stay- which led to our problems with her invading privacy, although, everything she told us about the house and Peter early on were true. Unfortunately, I didn’t believe her and gave him the benefit of the doubt. The steps had no railing which was not up to code, the upstairs bannister is just a slab of wood, (he also needed a contractor for that, but had different people Lie and say they work for the contractor—