08 Mar: Vitale Bill To Protect Senior Tenants Approved By Community And Urban Affairs Panel

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Joseph F. Vitale which would change existing state law governing local rent control ordinances in order to protect senior tenants was approved today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

“With one of the highest costs of living in the US, it is often difficult for those on fixed incomes – like senior citizens – to make ends meet, particularly when they experience an unexpected spike in costs, such as a rent hike,” said Senator Vitale (D-Middlesex). “In order to ensure fairness and predictability for New Jersey renters, municipalities throughout the State have instituted rent control ordinances to keep their communities affordable. Unfortunately, newer communities are exempt from rent control rules and are subject to unrestrained hikes. We must correct the law so that folks living in senior rental communities are not left without the vital and necessary protections afforded under rent control.”