Borough of Seaside Heights, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Seaside Heights as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-18-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-16]
For the purpose of this article, the following meanings shall apply:
HEARING OFFICER
A person designated by the Borough Council to hear and determine proceedings under this article. The hearing officer shall be a licensed attorney in the State of New Jersey. The hearing officer may not own or lease any real property within the Borough, nor hold any interest in the assets of or profits arising from the ownership or lease of such property.
LANDLORD
The person or persons who own or purport to own any building in which there is rented or offered for rent housing space for living or dwelling under either a written or oral lease, which building contains no more than four dwelling units.
SUBSTANTIATED CONVICTION
An act of disorderly, indecent, tumultuous or riotous conduct, including by way of example but not limited to, simple assault, terroristic threats, harassment, urinating in public, lewdness, criminal mischief, or excessive noise, upon or in proximity to any seasonal rental premises, and attributable to the acts or incitements of any of the tenants of those premises which have been substantiated by prosecution and conviction in any court of competent jurisdiction.
A. 
If, in any twenty-four-month period, two substantiated convictions on separate occasions of conduct upon or in proximity to any rental premises, and attributable to the acts or incitements of any of the tenants of those premises have been substantiated by prosecution and conviction in any court of competent jurisdiction as a violation of any provision of Title 2C or any municipal ordinance governing disorderly conduct, the municipal governing body or its designee may institute proceedings to require the landlord of those premises to post a bond against the consequence of future incidents of the same character.
B. 
Notice of conduct and hearing.
(1) 
In the event that a tenant is convicted of a violation of any provision of Title 2C or any municipal ordinance governing disorderly conduct, the governing body or its designee shall cause a notice to be served on the landlord in person or by registered mail at the address appearing on the tax records of the Borough, advising that the specified conduct has occurred.
(2) 
The governing body or its designee shall cause to be served upon the landlord, in person or by registered mail to the address appearing on the tax records of the municipality, notice advising of the institution of such proceedings, together with particulars of the substantiated convictions upon which those proceedings are based, and of the time and place at which a hearing will be held in the matter, which shall be in the municipal building, municipal court or other public place within the municipality, and which shall be no sooner than 30 days from the date upon which the notice is served or mailed.
C. 
Hearing.
(1) 
At the hearing pursuant to Subsection B of this section, the hearing officer shall give a full hearing to both the complaint of the municipality and to any evidence in contradiction or mitigation that the landlord, if present or represented and offering such evidence, may present.
(2) 
The hearing officer may consider, to the extent deemed relevant by the hearing officer, prior complaints about the residents of the property, even if those complaints did not result in a conviction.
(3) 
At the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing officer shall determine whether the landlord shall be required to post a bond in accordance with the terms of this article.
D. 
Any bond required to be posted shall be in accordance with the judgment of the hearing officer, in light of the nature and extent of the offenses indicated in the substantiated convictions upon which the proceedings are based, to be adequate in the case of subsequent offenses to make reparation for:
(1) 
Damages likely to be caused to public or private property and damages consequent upon disruption of affected residents' rights of fair use and quiet possession of their premises;
(2) 
Securing the payment of fines and penalties likely to be levied for such offenses; and
(3) 
Compensating the Borough for the costs of repressing and prosecuting such incidents of disorderly behavior; but no such bond shall be in an amount less than $500 or more than $5,000.
E. 
The Borough may enforce the bond thus required by action in the Superior Court and shall be entitled to an injunction prohibiting the landlord from making or renewing any lease of the affected premises for residential purposes until that bond or equivalent security, in satisfactory form and amount, has been deposited with the municipality.
F. 
A bond or other security deposited in compliance with Subsection D of this section shall remain in force for four years. Upon the lapse of the specified period, the landlord shall be entitled to the discharge thereof, unless prior thereto further proceedings leading to a forfeiture or partial forfeiture of the bond or other security shall have been had under § 179-3, in which case the security shall be renewed, in an amount and for a period that shall be specified by the hearing officer.
A. 
If, during the period for which a landlord is required to give security, a substantiated conviction is recorded against the property in question, the governing body or its designee may institute proceedings against the landlord for the forfeiture or partial forfeiture of the security, for an extension of the time period required for the posting of the security, or for an increase in the amount of security required.
B. 
Any forfeiture or partial forfeiture shall be determined by the hearing officer solely in accordance with the amount deemed necessary to provide for the compensatory purpose set forth in § 179-2D.
C. 
Any decision by the hearing officer to increase the amount or extend the period of the required security shall be determined in light of the same factors as set forth in § 179-2C and shall be taken only to the extent that the nature of the substantiated conviction or convictions out of which the proceedings arise under this section indicates the appropriateness of such change in order to carry out the purposes of this act effectually.
D. 
The decision of the hearing officer in such circumstances shall be enforceable in the same manner as provided for in § 179-2E.
[Adopted 9-19-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-19]
For the purpose of this article, the following meanings shall apply:
GROUP OF MINORS
A unit of two or more individual persons under the age of 18 years.
RESPONSIBLE ADULT OCCUPANT
An individual, a minimum of 18 years of age, who shall occupy a rental unit with a minor or group of minors, having charge of and personal responsibility for the conduct of said minors.
A. 
In cases where any room, apartment, cottage, condominium or house is rented to one occupant, the occupant shall be a minimum of 18 years of age.
B. 
In cases where any room, apartment, cottage, condominium or house is rented to two or more occupants, at least one occupant shall be a minimum of 18 years of age.
C. 
No room, apartment, cottage, condominium or house shall be rented to, by or for any group of minors unless in compliance with the following:
(1) 
Every group of minors, when occupying a room, apartment, cottage, condominium or house, shall be under the immediate and personal supervision of an adult person not less than 18 years of age occupying the rental unit and having charge of and personal responsibility for the proper and lawful conduct of said minors.
(2) 
No landlord, realtor or owner of any room, apartment, cottage, condominium or house shall permit the same to be occupied by an individual minor or any group of minors until the provisions of this article have been complied with.
(3) 
No landlord, realtor or owner of any room, apartment, cottage, condominium or house shall permit the same to be occupied by any group of minors unless and until a lease or rental agreement is signed by the responsible adult occupant.
(4) 
No lease or rental agreement shall be assigned for use by another group of minors until the provisions of this section have been satisfied.
A. 
Any minor or adult convicted of a violation of or failure to comply with any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine of up $1,000 for each offense or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.