The state Senate Urban and Community Affairs Committee Monday approved a bill that would allow fines of up to $10,000 to landlords and tenants who allow overcrowding in buildings. The bill, S-129, sponsored by state Sens. Anthony R. Bucco, R-Morris, and Nia H. Gill, D-Essex, would allow municipalities to adopt ordinances allowing the issuance of summonses to those alleged to have violated occupancy requirements that leads to overcrowding.
“It could be to the landlord or to the tenant,” Bucco said. “It’s been years that I’ve been trying to get this through.”
The legislation would not be applicable to seasonal rentals or to buildings with more than four residential rental units.
Should it pass, municipalities would allow a first-time fine of $2,500, $5,000 for a second violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation, according to a copy of the proposed bill. Read full article in APP