July 11, 2011
Re: S-2795 and A-3835, Inspection of Multiple Dwellings
On June 29, the State Senate approved, by a vote of 23-13-4, S-2795. This bill now joins its Assembly companion, A-3835, and awaits consideration by the Assembly Housing and Local Government committee. We anticipate that this legislation will re-emerge in the lame duck legislation session following the election.
This legislation regards the enforcement of multiple dwellings (those with 3 or more units) under the “Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law.” It would result in these inspections being conducted solely by the State, unless a municipality opts to conduct such inspections pursuant to a contract with the State. The bill would also prohibit the ability of municipalities to mandate registration requirements for landlords and property owners with three or more rental units.
The League maintains its opposition to the legislation for a number of concerns. Specifically, the League is concerned with the ability of the State to enforce the provisions of this legislation. The League is also concerned as to the unintended impacts on public safety and local ordinances. The concern is by removing this municipal option some inspections may not be conducted as needed to protect the public’s interests. Lastly, the League is concerned about the financial and administrative impact on municipalities.
Based on number requests, the League has made available a draft resolution in opposition to S-2795 and A-3835 and posted it online as:
PDF - www.njslom.org/resolutions/resolution-opposing-s-2795-A-3835.pdf or
Word Document - www.njslom.org/resolutions/resolution-opposing-s-2795-A-3835.doc
For more on this legislation, please see our May 13 Dear Mayor letter and the May 6 Dear Mayor letter. If you recall, the League is conducting a survey to assess the financial impact of the legislation, which is online at: http://www.njslom.org/surveys/A-3835-S-2795.pdf or http://www.njslom.org/surveys/A-3835-S-2795.doc. We still encourage submission of this survey, if your municipality has not done so already. Please forward this survey to the appropriate person(s) and ask that they return to the League. Questions on this legislation can be directed to Mike Cerra at firstname.lastname@example.org or (609) 695-3481 x120.
Very Truly Yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.