A new bill introduced in the New Jersey Legislature would expand the definition of a landlord in an already existing law that requires they provide receipts for rental payments paid in cash.
This bill, introduced by Democrats Senators Brian Stack and Sandra Cunningham would amend section 3 of P.L.2019, c.300 (C.46:8-49.2), to expand the definition of landlords required to provide a receipt for a rent cash payment made by a tenant.
According to the new definition, a landlord now includes any person who:
a) rents or leases,
b) for a term of at least one month,
c) one or more dwelling units, but not including hotels, motels, and other guest houses for transient and seasonal tenants.
According to the current law, such a receipt “shall accurately indicate the amount of the payment, the purpose of the payment, when the payment was received, the printed or typed names of both the landlord and tenant, and who accepted the payment.”
The penalty for violating will be $100, and will increase by $100 for a second violation by a landlord within a five-year period, and $200 more for each subsequent violation by a landlord within a five-year period.
The text of the new law does not specify how exactly it would be enforced.