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June 9, 2008

Security Bonds on Landlords



Dear Mayor:

The so- called “Animal House” bill, S-869, was released from the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee yesterday.  It permits municipalities to adopt ordinances requiring bond from landlords in certain circumstances.

Several years ago, legislation was introduced to address conflicts between permanent residents in shore communities and disorderly seasonal tenants. That bill became Chapter 127, Public Laws of 1993. It specifically permitted coastal municipalities to adopt ordinances requiring a bond from seasonal landlords whose tenants have been repeatedly convicted for indecent and disorderly conduct at or near the premises. This, in effect, held landlords to standards of responsibility in selecting tenants.

Many non-coastal municipalities experience substantial problems stemming from the behavior of seasonal renters who disturb the peace, damage properties and create incessant noise. These municipalities desire the same authority to control the situation.

Senate bill 869, sponsored by Senator Turner, expands the power to enact such ordinances to all municipalities with seasonal rental properties. These municipalities, including those with large college student populations, would be provided the same tools to enforce landlord responsibility and preserve peace and good order within their borders.

Accordingly, we support this quality of life bill and urge you to contact your senate representative to vote for its adoption.

Contact Helen Yeldell at (609) 695-3481 ext. 112 if you have any questions.


                                                                        Very truly yours,


                                                                        William G. Dressel, Jr.
                                          Executive Director



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