Landlords in Jersey City who repeatedly fail to maintain their properties will have to help pay for alternate housing for affected tenants under an ordinance recently passed by the city council.
“We’re cracking down on negligent landlords whose tenants all too often are left with poor, and sometimes dangerous, living conditions,” Mayor Steve Fulop said in a statement Thursday.
“This is an extension of our recent efforts to tackle quality of life issues and take a stand for the otherwise voiceless. No one in Jersey City will be left displaced or without a home due to their landlord’s negligence.”
Under the ordinance, a lien will be placed on properties if violations of construction or housing codes are not corrected within 10 days of a municipal court ruling that the violations have occurred.
If there are serious hazards, the city will help relocate tenants. The city will also condemn the property and landlords will be financially responsible for tenants’ housing costs.
“With this ordinance we will hold the worst, repeat-offender landlords accountable while providing habitable alternatives for the tenants that we are standing up for,” said Jersey City Chief Prosecutor Jake Hudnut, chair of Fulop’s Quality Of Life Task Force.
“With the ability to place liens on properties when necessary, we’ll recoup the costs of relocation from more landlords. And the best part: we will now be able to do these necessary relocations at zero cost to the city.”
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