Ruiz, Stack Bill to Create a More Flexible Inspection Schedule for Multiple Dwellings Clears Committee

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Trenton – Legislation sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore M. Teresa Ruiz and Senator Brian P. Stack, which would create a more flexible building inspection schedule, cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.

The bill, S-1150, would authorize the DCA to establish a tiered inspection schedule for inspections of hotels and multiple dwellings. These inspection schedules would be increased or decreased based on the conditions of the units.

“The tenant population is growing and far too many buildings are poorly maintained, creating unsafe living conditions for those inhabiting them,” said Senator Ruiz (D-Essex). “By creating an inspection system which focuses on landlords with a history of violations, we align the state’s resources to ensure issues get resolved in a timely manner.”

Hotels and multiple dwellings consistently found to be in bad repair could be put on a once every two year inspection cycle and those in good repair could have inspections changed to once every seven years.

“There are far too many apartment buildings in dismal shape, forcing tenants to live in unsanitary and unsafe conditions,” said Senator Stack (D-Hudson). “We have housing standards in place for a reason – this will help ensure they are strictly enforced.”

The bill was released from committee by a vote of 12-0.