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I found this site through a search engine, what is Lord Essex Apartments?
Lord Essex Apartments is a rental apartment complex. It is located at 345 Claremont Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042. It is an Affiliated Management managed property.
Lord Essex has 4 buildings with a total of 31 garden apartments.
[ Lord Essex and Montclair Mews are not located in Upper Montclair, this is just to answer a FAQ ]
No. Upper Montclair is a neighboorhood in Montclair.
Upper is counted separately in the US Census. The primary Zip Code for Montclair is 07042 and it is 07043 for Upper Montclair. ...but Upper Montclair is part of Montclair, the northern or upper part.
Yes. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee that goes directly to this property. The fee covers the cost of the credit check requested by our management company office.
The fee is required for each person that would be living in the apartment, including children that are 18 or older.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the application may be available to complete electronically - PDF via e-mail, PayPal/Venmo the fee. You may also request an application to be mailed and may return it completed via USPS/UPS/FedEx with the fee enclosed. Contact the Resident Managers for details.
The application must be filled out in-person, at an appointment scheduled in advance, with one or both Resident Managers. Every applicant must be there in-person. If there are two applicants that can not come at the same time, two appointments is OK, but the application is not complete, and will not be submitted, until both applicants have completed the application paperwork in full.
We can not provide an application for you to fill out off-site.
You can come with a family member, friend, or a realtor that you hired to help you look at apartments, but everything must be done with you directly.
If applying, each person will need:
1 and ½ month's rent. You pay this when you sign the lease.
Heat & hot water are included.
All apartments have hot water (boiler room) baseboard heat with an on/off thermostat.
You would need to pay a PSE&G electric/gas bill and whatever telephone, TV, and/or Internet access services you get.
The rent for each specific apartment is different depending on whether or not it was renovated and other factors. If there are any openings (see the Openings page), you'll find information specific to each available apartment there.
When you move in to an apartment, the first month's rent is the pro-rated amount for the part of that month that you'd be living there. If you move in on the 15th, you pay for that day and the rest of that month. You pay this when you get the keys.
If you're driving, route 23, 280, 3, and 46 are nearby, and the Garden State Parkway crosses through Bloomfield.
NJ Transit and DeCamp bus lines go through Montclair. NJ Transit #29 goes down Bloomfield Ave (1 block south, 1 block east) and #11 stops at Watchung Ave Station. DeCamp #33 goes to PABT or Wall Street in Manhattan.
The Montclair-Boonton train line goes through Montclair.
NJ Transit: Montclair-Boonton Line, We're not too far from NJ Transit train stations in the area: 1 mile to Walnut Street Station, 1.4-1.7 miles to Watchung Street Station
You could also walk 4 blocks east to Park St, then 1 block north to Walnut St and catch the NJ Transit #28 bus to the Watchung Ave Station.
If you take 280 East to the Harrison PATH station, which is close to Newark Penn Station, but less crowded and has large parking lots around it, you can take the the PATH train from there.
If you take 280 East to
north to exit 15X (one exit away),
which is approximately 20 miles from here, you can take many
different NJ Transit train lines and busses:
Secaucus Junction (Frank R Lautenberg Rail Station)
Of course there's always a taxi, Lyft, Uber, etc. also...
There are 31 apartments in this apartment complex.
All apartments are on the first/ground or second floor.
There are 1 bedroom, 1 bath, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, and 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartments.
Yes, there is a 24/7 laundry room on the premises with coin-op machines.
Only the 3-bedroom apartments have in-unit laundry machines.
Doing that requires extensive (and expensive) work to be done to get that in the apartment, extensive plumbing work, replacing entire walls, etc.
If necessary - if you have a very large amount of laundry, or have large items to wash such as a comforter, you can also go to one of these laundromats listed below as well. Strongly suggest calling or stopping by (without laundry) first. They change hands from time to time, change hours, ...
US/state/regional newspapers will probably be left outside by a young person on a bicycle
or an adult in a car with a paper route. Contact the newspaper or that delivery
person for details.
Local newspapers are usually delivered by mail.
For a list of some of the NJ and NYC-area newspapers, see the Info & Links Links/Info page
Sorry, no. Mounting a dish (or anything else) anywhere outside of your apartment is not allowed. This includes the side of the building, the roof, fire escapes, and poles in the ground. If you can somehow put a dish 100% inside your apartment, that of course would be fine, but you'd be the first.
Even though the old rabbit ears antennas are not in use too much any more, nowadays there are all kinds of TV antennas that can pick up HDTV, and many TV stations broadcast their digital signal over-the-air. If you can pick up their signal, you can have free TV after paying the cost of the antenna... and the TV.
An antenna in or near windows facing east (towards NYC) are the best chance of success. We get quite a few with a Mohu Leaf antenna in our apartment.
Don't get dial-up.
Verizon DSL operates over copper phone wiring, all apartments are ready to go for that - if nobody disconnected the phone jack closest to where you want to put your DSL modem/router... The phone jack that you use must be a "POTS" land-line phone jack which connects to wiring in a garage or crawlspace below the downstairs apartment. It will not work with a Verizon FiOS-based jack connected to their equipment which is usually installed in the front closet. Nowadays, DSL is essentially considered to be "ancient". It is the least expensive option and is the slowest option (after dial-up). If you will be streaming videos, it is probably not the right choice for you.
Comcast Xfinity (coaxial cable)
Comcast coaxial cable has been wired in to every apartment already. Unless the previous tenant had Verizon FiOS and they cut the Comcast cable, you should be ready to go for that. If it was cut, then a Comcast cable installer will need to re-connect it to their outside wiring.
Verizon FiOS (fiber-optic cable)
The 4 buildings have been wired for Verizon FiOS (fiber-based) already. Wiring originates outside and is run in to your apartment. If an apartment has never had a tenant in it with active Verizon FiOS service before, the apartment may need some wiring done when the first person signs up for it. Generally this takes a Verizon FiOS installer (or two) a few hours to a full day, depending on how the installation goes and what equipment you need. They will install a box (ONT), usually in a closet, and then connect everything else to that. They will also need to run wire from there to an electrical outlet, and plug in a small rectangular box there.
Which one should I get?
If you are not sure which one you want to get... Purely based on what type of wiring can handle the most data, Verizon DSL's copper wiring (thin copper) has the least capacity, Comcast's coaxial cable (thick copper) has more, and Verizon FiOS' fiber-optic cable has the most. Each company offers varying speeds of service for different amounts of $, though, so that's why everyone's marketing-heavy facts-light commercials are so confusing. Resident Manager Jason is a computer/network engineer, feel free to ask him questions if you have any.
If enough demand is expressed for Lord Essex Apartments to provide WiFi to it's tenants, this is something we could possibly do in the future - Resident Manager Jason has done this professionally many times. At this time, we do not offer Internet access for our tenants.
If you have general questions about paying rent online or how and where to send rent payments, or any general billing questions like that, the Resident Managers can answer any of those questions. If you are a current tenant, look at the Pay Rent page on this site or if you moved in recently, in the binder of info left in your apartment when you moved in for more info.
For specific billing questions, including your balance, you need to speak to someone in the Affiliated Management accounting department (Accounts Receivable). For contact information, look under Contact Contact Information at the top of this page. The Resident Managers do not handle anything billing related at all after your first payment when you move in.
We are too small of a property for there to be someone "manning the phones" 24/7. Leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. If we're not elsewhere on the property at the time, you may get a return call 60 seconds later, but you must leave a message first. If you are looking for an apartment, make sure you say so in your message so the correct person returns your call. Include # of bedrooms, when you would need to move in, and how many people there would be moving in.
E-mail is the best way to reach the Resident Managers. No matter what day or time it is, if we're home or not, we will respond to e-mail whenever we're available to do so. See the Contact Info page.
No, but the Resident Managers live on the premises. If you need to reach them, see Contact Contact Information for more information.
If in doubt, ask the Resident Managers, or Affiliated Management, before they stay here.
Visitors are fine, but there are limits.
Any time someone is house sitting for you or anything like that, please let the Resident Managers know to expect someone they don't know to be there.
Whoever is on the lease for the apartment is 100% responsible for what their visitors do. You must be with them when using any building facilities like the laundry room, garbage/recycling areas outside, etc., they must follow all rules that tenants must follow for this property, and if they cause damage or other issues, the tenant(s) they are staying with will be held responsible for that.
If they are unfamiliar with laws of Montclair, or Essex County, or New Jersey, or the USA, the tenant(s) must help them with that.
Make sure your visitors know that they can only park in your assigned parking space (while you are elsewhere, after you notify us), or in a public parking location, abiding by signs where appropriate (permit only signs, no street parking 2-5am, etc.). If they park in an assigned space in the parking lot for another apartment, their vehicle may be towed away without warning, especially if the Resident Managers don't know who's vehicle it is, and they will have to pay a hefty fine to get it back from an impound lot.
So, if you want to have your friend from school visit you for a month, ask Affiliated Management about that, before they arrive. See the Contact Info page.
Even if it is a girlfriend, boyfriend, or even your adult child, if you want someone to move in with you, let the Resident Managers know, and they can apply just like you did when you moved here. Affiliated Management would then determine if they need to be added to the lease, or complete alternate documentation. After that, no problem, they can move in.
Any roommate not authorized by Affiliated Management is against the rules of the lease and even a girlfriend/wife, boyfriend/husband, it's complicated, significant other, gender-fluid life partner, or family member living with you without permission is potential grounds for eviction - of course everyone would rather them be authorized then have that happen. You can not sub-let (whether you are there or not) to anyone.
If we know an opening is coming up, we will post it on the Openings page. If it's not listed there, then we don't have it available.
We usually don't know that an apartment will become available any more than a month or two in advance. As the former tenant moves out, details will be added to that page such as the renovations that will be done, the exact date they will be finished as it gets closer, and updated pictures.
From the front of the buildings, there are usually 1 or 2 steps up to the entrance for two apartments. Then from there, the downstairs apartment door is right there, or the upstairs apartment is a flight of steps up.
Depending on availability, all apartments have an assigned parking space,
rent a garage, or both.
It depends on availability at the time, but generally one parking space is included, and a second parking space or garage is available for a monthly fee added to the rent bill.
The Lord Essex Apartments parking lot is a private parking lot. All parking spaces are assigned and are usable by any vehicle that you list for us at move-in time.
There are 30 garages on the property, most are single, some are tandem (double, one in front of the other).
Street parking is available except for 2-5am and when snow covered. For more information, contact:
Always follow ordinances, street signs, and laws related to parking. Our advice does not superceed any of them.
If you need a street parking permit to park all night, go to the Montclair Township Parking Permits page to purchase and print one.
Be aware of parking permit limitations in areas like county roads, such as Bloomfield Ave and Grove St.
Montclair also has a number of public parking lots. In a pinch, you can always take two cars to a public lot, park one in a non-permit space, then come back here. Of course keep an eye out for signs, meters, permits, etc.
The lease, which is used at > 90 apartment complexes, says no pets.
...however, you are allowed to have one or two 100% indoors-only cats. There is currently no fee for having a cat, but you need to notify the Resident Managers before you get a cat, and when you get the cat, give them the cat's name, a picture, and register the cat with Montclair Township.
We are sorry, but dogs are not allowed, no batter the breed, size, or noise level. Not even to visit. There should never be any dogs anywhere on Lord Essex Apartments property, not even walkways or the parking lot outside.
Due to the risk of one leaking, fish tanks are not allowed. A fish bowl would be fine.
For any other pets, contact Affiliated Management to check, in advance.
At this time, there is no pet deposit or fee at Lord Essex, but you would be required to remove all traces of your pet before moving out. That is, extensive cleaning, ensuring that no future tenant with allergies would be effected by it. If repairs had to be made or a cleaning company had to be hired because you had a pet in the apartment, then those charges would be passed along to you.
If the apartment is on the bottom floor, you would not need to get rugs or carpeting.
If it is on the 2nd floor and is not already carpeted (some are), you would need to get area rugs or carpeting to cover at least 80% of the floor.
A "mini" dishwasher is 18 inches wide. A full-sized dishwasher is 24 inches wide. The only difference is the width, the mini one obviously holds less dishes than a full-sized one.
Double-hung, two pane, vinyl windows. Tilt in for cleaning.
Renter's insurance is not required, but it is highly recommended.
If you do end up renting an apartment here, ask the Resident Managers for more information about renter's insurance.
Resident Manager Ann is Ann. No e.
The Resident Managers, Jason & Ann, were 2-dose vaccinated, then boosted, then received the updated bi-valent booster.
They will usually have a mask available to them anyway, but if you would like them to wear a mask during an apartment showing, let them know in advance of the appointment.
If you will be seeing an occupied apartment and would us to ask the current resident(s) to wear a mask, or wait outside if they are unwilling or unable to do so, we can certainly ask.
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