Zillow Advice: Renter Rights - My landlord did not pay tree company that was doing work after Huuricane Sandy and the Nor'Easter http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-landlord-did-not-pay-tree-company-that-was-doing-work-after-Huuricane-Sandy-and-the-Nor%27Easter/468878/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I smell a rat too. Don't ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-landlord-did-not-pay-tree-company-that-was-doing-work-after-Huuricane-Sandy-and-the-Nor%27Easter/468878/ I smell a rat too. Don't know the legal ramifications, but do take photos of the interior of the home, now and when you move. If he tries to keep the security deposit you can take him to small claims court.&nbsp;If you haven't had the work done for the trees yet, DON'T. You would not get your money back from the landlord, and if you deduct it from the rent he will likely take you to court. Instead, take photos, and let him know that you feel it is a liability and that you want to make him aware of how dangerous the situation is so he doesn't get sued. If you did have the work done, &nbsp;have proof of payment for the tree guys, and any other costs that you incur as tenant that he should of covered. Good luck. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:09:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-landlord-did-not-pay-tree-company-that-was-doing-work-after-Huuricane-Sandy-and-the-Nor%27Easter/468878/ 2012-11-18T16:09:00Z "can I deduct it from my ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-landlord-did-not-pay-tree-company-that-was-doing-work-after-Huuricane-Sandy-and-the-Nor%27Easter/468878/ <em>"can I deduct it from my rent?"&nbsp;</em>&nbsp; Pull up the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/offices/landlord_tenant_information.html">landlord/tenant laws for New Jersey&nbsp;</a> and read the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/publications/pdf_lti/habitablity.pdf">section on habitability</a>. <br/><br/>In some states habitability is defined as heat, plumbing, electricity and does not relate to tree branches etc.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Therefore, it is prudent to check with the appropriate authorities in your area for guidance before you take action.<br/><br/>If the wife promised leaf pickup verbally but there is nothing in writing, then it is possible you are still responsible for leaf pickup.&nbsp;&nbsp; <br/><br/>(Puzzled why the NJ landlord/tenant website uses a photo of San Francisco!)<br/> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 16:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/My-landlord-did-not-pay-tree-company-that-was-doing-work-after-Huuricane-Sandy-and-the-Nor%27Easter/468878/ 2012-11-18T16:07:00Z