[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Toms River 11-28-2017 by Ord. No. 4561-17. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Housing and rental property standards — See Ch. 335.
As used in this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated:
- Any person who is employed either full- or part-time in any capacity at a hotel or motel.
- Any building, including but not limited to any related structure, accessory building and land appurtenant thereto, and any part thereof, which contains 10 or more units of dwelling space or has sleeping facilities for 10 or more persons, and is kept, used, maintained, advertised as, or held out to be a place where sleeping or dwelling accommodations are available to transit guests.
- A "hotel" with individual entrances from the exterior of the building to each room or unit.
- Any person who owns, purports to own or exercise control of a hotel or motel.
- Any individual, group of individuals, corporation, association or other legal entity.
The following acts or activities are prohibited at a hotel or motel.
No owner or employee shall rent a room or unit in a hotel or motel to any person, nor permit, suffer or allow the renting of any room or unit to any person for less than a period of 12 hours.
No owner or employee shall rent a room or unit in a hotel or motel to any person, nor permit, suffer or allow the renting of any room or unit to any person for a period of time which exceeds 90 days. Any person switching or changing rooms during the ninety-day period shall not extend the ninety-day period.
Every person operating a hotel or motel shall keep a standard hotel register in which shall be printed legibly the true name and home address of each and every guest or person renting or occupying a room or rooms therein. The names of such guests shall be written upon the register by the persons themselves, and if they cannot write, the names shall be written in by the person renting the room or rooms, stating that the persons occupying such room could not sign their names. The person renting the room shall also require each person or head of the party who is occupying such room or rooms to display to the person in charge of the register one government-issued photo identification or not less than two other forms of valid identification. The form of identification that is produced shall be recorded electronically or photocopied, as well as any information from the identification that differs from the information supplied by said person renting the room. The register shall also include the registrant's home address, telephone numbers, and the state license number of any motor vehicle then being used by or operated by the registrant, including the make, model and color of the vehicle, and the person renting the room shall thereupon write, opposite the name so registered, the number of the room or rooms assigned to each guest and the time when the same is rented, whether a.m. or p.m. The register shall be signed by the person renting the rooming unit and shall show the date of registration and the date when the occupant of each room shall surrender the room. Until all such entries have been made in such register, no guest shall be permitted to occupy privately any room in the structure. If the registrant does not write in the register the information herein required as to the motor vehicle, it shall be the duty of the operator or a duly authorized employee to write in said information. At any time any room or rooms are surrendered, it shall be the further duty of the agent to enter the time thereof in the register opposite the names of all official persons making such surrender.
The register shall be available at all times to any Township Code Enforcement or police officer upon request.
No person under the age of 18 shall be permitted to rent a room without the permission of parent or legal guardian. If the parent is not present at the time the room is rented, the minor shall present proof, in writing, of parental consent, the parent's name, telephone number, and a legal form of identification, which shall be electronically recorded and photocopied as set forth in Subsection A above, of the parent authorizing the registration.
The Division of Code Enforcement and the Police Department are hereby designated as the local enforcing agencies of the provisions of this chapter.
The Division of Code Enforcement, the Police Department and any law enforcement agency in whose jurisdiction any of the above-mentioned places may be located may inspect such place at any hour to see that the register requirements of this chapter are being complied with.
Should there be a refusal to provide the register upon request or a refusal to permit inspection of the register, the Division of Code Enforcement or Police Department may seek its remedy through precompliance review established by law. Precompliance review shall include, but not be limited to, the issuance of a subpoena or by obtaining an administrative search warrant.
[Added 4-10-2018 by Ord. No. 4578-18]
Every person convicted of a violation of a provision of this chapter shall be subject to the maximum fines and penalties established under N.J.S.A. 40:49-5 and 40:69A-29, and any subsequent amendments thereto.
Each and every day a violation of this chapter persists shall constitute a separate violation.
To the extent the conduct prohibited under this chapter also violates other provisions of the Township Code, those violations constitute separate offenses subject to the additional fines and penalties as prescribed.