[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Gibbsboro 6-23-1993 by Ord. No. 93-16 (Ch. 64 of the 1982 Code); amended 9-22-1999 by Ord. No. 99-9. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm, partnership or corporation shall sell, rent, lease, suffer or allow any person or persons, firms, partnerships or corporations to live in or inhabit as a tenant or lessee any house, apartment or other structure, including a mobile home and modular unit, unless said person, firm, partnership or corporation shall first obtain from the Borough of Gibbsboro a continuing certificate of occupancy in accordance with this chapter.
No person, group of persons, associations, partnerships or corporations, or any combination thereof, who own, manage, conduct or operate a dwelling unit shall sell, rent, lease, sublet or permit the same to be occupied or rented, nor shall any person, group of persons, association, partnerships or corporations, or any combination thereof, purchasing or acquiring in any manner occupancy or dwelling units permit the same to be occupied, without first securing from the Compliance Officer or his designated representative of the Borough of Gibbsboro, a continuing certificate of occupancy for said dwelling unit.
No continuing certificate of occupancy shall be issued for a dwelling unit unless the condition of said property is in compliance with all ordinances of the Borough of Gibbsboro to building, plumbing, electrical, zoning, health, safety, fire, and minimum housing standards.
In the event that there is a conflict in the provisions of the codes of the Borough of Gibbsboro and the codes, rules and regulations of the State of New Jersey, the higher standards for the promotion and protection of the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the Borough shall prevail.
The Compliance Officer as the Code Enforcement Officer or his designated representatives of the Borough of Gibbsboro shall be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter.
If it is determined as a result of an inspection that permits are required to complete the necessary repairs, the application and permit shall be obtained from the office of the Construction Code Official.
Inspections for a continuing certificate of occupancy shall include, but not be limited to, the following: outdoors for trash and debris, rain gutters, sidewalks, curbs, driveway, plumbing, electrical, heating, fireplace, exterior paint or stain, smoke alarms, foundation, roof, windows, steps, handrails, chimneys, basement or crawl space, wells, and septic systems. The Compliance Officer may require certification for any item that cannot be inspected. Inspections will not be conducted with regard to termite activity or damage, the presence of lead-based paint, appliances and/or grading.
The governing body may from time to time designate by resolution the person or entity to perform smoke alarm or smoke detector inspections.
[Added 11-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-15]
The Compliance Officer or his designated representatives shall have such powers as may be necessary to carry out the intent and purpose of this chapter including, but not limited to, the following enumerated powers:
To investigate the dwelling conditions of the Borough of Gibbsboro in order to determine which houses, apartments or structures, including mobile homes and modular units, are unfit for human habitation.
To enter into the lands and premises at reasonable times for the purpose of making housing inspections coincidental to his duties.
Upon application of a property owner, to make an inspection of said house, apartment or other structure for which there has been an application for a continuing certificate of occupancy within 15 working days from the receipt of such application and the payment of the proper fees.
The Compliance Officer or his designated representatives shall file a report promptly after each inspection and advise the applicant of any violations of the codes, statutes and ordinances governing said premises in the Borough of Gibbsboro.
Violations of the foregoing statutes, codes, ordinances, rules and regulations, or noncompliance therewith, shall be grounds for denial of an occupancy permit or a continuing certificate of occupancy.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to hotels or motels which are generally occupied by tenants or guests for less than 30 successive days or those units regulated by the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey.