Borough of Highland Park, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Highland Park as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Affordable housing — See Ch. 85.
Rent leveling regulations — See Ch. 321.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 745 (§ 9-3 of the 1987 Code)]

§ 236-1 Findings. [1]

The identity of an owner or landlord of leased premises is sometimes unknown so as to prevent the tenant from giving actual notice, as relates to services to be rendered to the tenant, to the actual owner. There are circumstances when events occur on vacant land and it is essential to notify the actual owner thereof promptly. In instances where there are emergencies affecting the habitability of a leased premises effecting a hardship on a tenant, and a tenant initiates a court action, or rent level complaint against the owner or landlord, the tenant may be unable to serve process upon the owner or landlord because the identity and address of that person is not known or available.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 236-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
LANDLORD or OWNER
The person or persons who own or purport to own any building, structure or complex of buildings or structures in which there is rented or offered to rent space for living or dwelling purposes or commercial purposes, provided that this definition shall not include owner-occupied two- or three-unit residential premises. This term shall also include all owners of vacant land in excess of 10,000 square feet.

§ 236-3 Filing registration statement.

A. 
Every landlord within 30 days of the time of the creation of the first tenancy in any newly constructed or reconstructed building shall file with the Borough Clerk a statement containing the following:
(1) 
The name and address of the record owners of the premises or property, and the record owners of the rental business if not the same person.
(2) 
If the record owner is a corporation, company, trade name, partnership, trust or other legal entity, the name and address of each partner and/or owner or person having beneficiary interest. In the case of a corporation, the names and addresses of each stockholder if the total number of stockholders is 20 or less. In any event, with regard to corporate ownership, the registry shall disclose the name and address of any stockholder who either owns directly or beneficially 25% of the stock of the corporation.
(3) 
The name and address of the managing agent of the premises, if any.
(4) 
The name and address, including the dwelling unit, if applicable, apartment or room number of the superintendent, janitor, custodian or other individual employed by the record owner or managing agent to provide regular maintenance service, if any.
(5) 
The name, address and telephone number of an individual representative of the record owner or managing agent who may be reached or contacted at any time in the event of an emergency affecting the premises or property, or any unit of dwelling or commercial space therein, and who has the authority to make emergency decisions concerning the building or property and any repair thereto or expenditure in connection therewith.
B. 
Every landlord or owner hereby required to file a registration statement as described in the above section shall file an amended registration within seven days after any change in the foregoing information required to be included thereon.

§ 236-4 Statement provided to tenants.

At the time of creation of a new tenancy, every landlord shall provide each occupant or tenant in his building with a written statement containing all the information required to be filed in accordance with this section.

§ 236-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-7-1989 by Ord. No. 1178]
Any landlord who violates any provision of this article shall, upon conviction before the Municipal Judge of the Municipal Court of the Borough, be subject to a penalty as established in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, General Penalty.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 1197 (§ 9-5 of the 1987 Code)]

§ 236-6 Findings.

The Mayor and Council find and determine that the security of tenants residing in multifamily dwellings in the Borough and the apprehension of persons who commit offenses against the persons or property of tenants will be enhanced by provisions for the issuance and wearing of identification badges by employees of such multifamily dwellings and maintenance and repair personnel hired by the owners of such dwellings.

§ 236-7 Definitions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1203]
For purposes of this article, the following words shall have the meanings indicated:
APARTMENT COMPLEX
A group of adjoining multifamily dwellings under common ownership with centralized management.
MANAGER
The individual invested by the owner of a multifamily dwelling or apartment complex with responsibility for the management of said dwelling or complex.
MULTIFAMILY DWELLING
A building or structure of nine or more units which are available for rent to tenants for living and dwelling purposes.
OWNER
The person(s) or entity which holds legal title to a multifamily dwelling or apartment complex.

§ 236-8 Identification cards required.

[Amended by Ord. No. 1203]
A. 
The owners and managers of all multifamily dwellings located in the Borough shall issue identification cards as described in Subsections G and I to all employees of the apartment building or apartment complex who work, on a full- or part-time basis, in or about the premises of the apartment complex.
B. 
All employees of apartment complexes in the Borough who are issued identification cards in accordance with Subsection A of this section shall wear such identification cards on the outermost layer of their clothing at all times while performing their duties.
C. 
The owners and managers of every apartment complex located in the Borough shall issue or cause to be issued identification cards on forms as described in Subsections H and I to any maintenance or repair personnel hired by or on behalf of the owner or manager of the complex by a contractor performing work on behalf of the owner or manager of the complex.
D. 
Every person hired or engaged to perform any maintenance or repair at any apartment complex in the Borough shall obtain and wear the identification card required by Subsection C of this section.
E. 
No person shall alter, counterfeit, falsely manufacture, mutilate or reproduce any identification card required by this subsection.
F. 
No person shall loan any identification card issued pursuant to the provisions of this section to any person not authorized to wear such card pursuant to the provisions of this article.
G. 
Issuance; information.
(1) 
Permanent identification cards issued hereunder shall be valid for a period of two years from date of issuance and shall contain the following information:
(a) 
The name, address and telephone number of the apartment complex issuing said card;
(b) 
Name, position and social security number of the employee to whom assigned;
(c) 
Full front photo of the head of the employee;
(d) 
Badge number;
(e) 
Date of expiration of card.
(2) 
Each card shall be encased in plastic laminate measuring approximately 2 3/8 inches by 3 3/8 inches. The laminated identification card shall have attached to it a clip or other permanent fastener adequate to attach said card to the employee's clothing.
H. 
Every contractor and/or person hired to perform work of a temporary nature at an apartment complex shall be issued a temporary identification card valid for a single day which shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The name, address and telephone number of the apartment complex issuing said card;
(2) 
The name of the temporary employee or contractor to whom assigned;
(3) 
The badge number;
(4) 
The date for which the card is valid, in numerals one-inch high. The temporary cards shall be returned to management at the end of each day.
I. 
The manager of every apartment complex subject to this article shall provide the Housing Inspection Department a complete list of all identification cards issued. Said list shall include all information required under Subsections G and H above and, in addition, the home address and telephone number of each employee, and shall be kept current as of 48 hours prior to the date the list is provided.

§ 236-9 Violations and penalties. [1]

Violators of this article shall be penalized as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article III, General Penalty.
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).