[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of River Edge 7-21-1975 by Ord. No. 647 (§ 12-5 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every owner of premises containing two (2) or more apartments used for residential purposes shall file, under oath, with the Health Officer of the borough, a statement containing the address of the premises, the name and address of the owner thereof and the number of apartments in such premises. If the owner is a corporation, such statement shall be made under oath by the president, the vice president or secretary of the corporation.
Within ten (10) days after a tenant moves out of and vacates an apartment in any residential premises containing two (2) or more dwelling units, the owner of such premises shall file with the Health Officer a statement under oath containing the address of the premises and the number or other specific designation of the apartment vacated. If the owner is a corporation, such statement shall be made under oath by the president, vice president or secretary of the corporation.
[Amended 12-17-1990 by Ord. No. 1014; 9-8-1992 by Ord. No. 1053; 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172]
No such vacated apartment shall be rented or occupied in whole or in part by any new tenant until an inspection has been made by the Housing Officer to determine whether such apartment is in violation of this Code. If no such violation is found, the Housing Officer shall issue a certificate of health; otherwise, he shall notify the owner, in writing, setting forth the specific violations found. Such inspection shall be made and a health certificate or notice of violations shall be issued, as aforesaid, within three (3) business days from the date of filing of the statement of vacancy. If such inspection is not accomplished within three (3) business days, the apartment may be occupied afterward, but the right to inspect shall continue. The borough shall collect a fee as set forth in the Borough Fee Schedule, adopted by resolution of the Borough Council, on file in the office of the Borough Clerk, for the issuance of a certificate of health.
[Amended 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 1172]
For a violation of any provision of this chapter, the maximum penalty, upon conviction thereof, shall be a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000.), or imprisonment for up to ninety (90) days, or a period of community service not exceeding ninety (90) days, or any combination thereof.