New Jersey Allows Localities To Levy Fines For Failure To Maintain Vacant Properties


On May 15, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed AB 347, which authorizes municipalities to impose penalties on a creditor that fails to timely remedy violations related to the maintenance of vacant residential property in foreclosure for which the creditors are responsible under current law. A municipality must provide at least 30 days for the creditor to remedy the violation, and must include a description of the conditions that gave rise to the code violation as part of the notice of violation already required under state law. If the creditor fails to remedy the violation within that time period, the municipality may impose penalties allowed for the violation of municipal ordinances under current state statute. The new authority becomes effective July 14, 2014, 60 days after enactment.


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