[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cinnaminson 5-19-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-11 (Sec. 2.16 of the 1995 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The public officer charged with the responsibility for identifying abandoned properties and maintaining the list of abandoned properties as set forth in N.J.S.A. 55:19-55 shall be that officer designated by the Township pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.5 with respect to buildings in the municipality which are unfit for human habitation, occupancy, or use, to wit: the Township Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer.
The public officer shall identify all properties within the municipality which are abandoned as defined in N.J.S.A. 55:19-54, which is any property deemed abandoned pursuant to N.J.S.A. 55:19-78 et seq.
Each item of abandoned property shall be identified by tax block and lot number, the name of the owner of record (if known), and the street address of the lot.
Upon identification of abandoned property, the public officer shall create and maintain a list of such property to be called the "abandoned property list." Properties may be added to the list at any time or deleted from the list at any time the public officer finds that the property no longer meets the definition of an abandoned property. An interested party may request that a property be included on the abandoned property list following the procedure set forth in N.J.S.A. 55:19-105.
An abandoned property shall not be included on the abandoned property list if rehabilitation is being performed in a timely manner, as evidenced by building permits issued and diligent pursuit of the rehabilitation work authorized by those permits. A property on which an entity other than the municipality has purchased or taken assignment from the municipality of a tax sale certificate, which has been place on the abandoned property list, may be removed from the list in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 55:19-103.
The public officer, within 10 days of the establishment of the abandoned property list, or any additions thereto, shall send a notice, by certified mail, return receipt requested, and by regular mail, to the owner of record of every property included on the list and shall cause the list to be published in the official newspaper of the municipality, which publication shall constitute public notice. The published and mailed notices shall identify the property determined to be abandoned setting forth the owner of record (if known), the tax lot and block number, and street address. The public officer, in consultation with the Tax Collector, shall also send out a notice by regular mail to any mortgagee, servicing organization, or property tax processing organization that receives a duplicate copy of the tax bill pursuant to Subsection d of N.J.S.A. 54:4-64. When the owner of record is not known for a particular property and cannot be ascertained by the exercise of reasonable diligence by the Tax Collector, notice shall not be mailed but instead shall be posted on the property in the manner provided in N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.7. The mailed notice shall indicated the factual basis for the public officer's finding that the property is abandoned property as that term is defined in N.J.S.A. 55:19-54 and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, specifying the information relied upon in making such finding. In all cases a copy of the mailed or posted notice shall also be filed by the public officer in the office of the Burlington County Clerk. This filing shall have the same force and effect as a notice of lis pendens under N.J.S.A. 2A:15-6.
The public officer shall seek reimbursement for the postage costs and search fees associated with providing notice in accordance with Subsection A of this section from the Authority (as defined in N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.4) or its subsidiaries in accordance with procedures and rules promulgated by the Department of Community Affairs.