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August 5, 2011

Re: S-2795 and A-3835, Inspection of Multiple Dwellings, Sample Resolution included.

Dear Mayor,

The League opposes S-2795 and A-3835, companion legislation regarding 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 fees for landlords and property owners with three or more rental units.   

On June 29, the State Senate approved this legislation by a vote of 23-13-4.  This bill 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.

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 for your consideration at:

http://www.njslom.org/resolutions/resolution-opposing-s-2795-A-3835.pdf or at: http://www.njslom.org/resolutions/resolution-opposing-s-2795-A-3835.doc

For more on this legislation, please see our July 11 Dear mayor letter, May 13 Dear Mayor letter and the May 6 Dear Mayor letter.   Questions on this legislation can be directed to Mike Cerra at mcerra@njslom.com or (609) 695-3481 x120. 

Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

 

 

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