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Gill-Rice Bill Advances To Help Seniors’ Move To Assisted Living

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Sens. Nia H. Gill and Ronald L. Rice to authorize seniors to terminate residential leases when they gain access to an assisted living facility, nursing home, continuing care community or low or moderate income housing received final legislative approval today in the Assembly.

“Senior citizens should not be forced to endure heavy financial burdens when they must move from rental housing to assisted living or to a nursing home,” said Senator Gill, D-Essex and Passaic. “This bill will provide a measure of tranquility for families helping their elder loved ones get settled in an assisted living environment.”

Senator Rice, D-Essex, noted that the bill, S-2112, would require a doctor’s notice citing the need of a senior tenant, 62 years or older, to move into an elder care facility or nursing home.

“It’s too difficult right now for a senior citizen to get out of a lease without incurring staggering financial expenditures,” said Senator Rice. “This bill will provide transition help to those who need it.”

The bill passed 76-1 and now goes to the Governor for his consideration.

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