Borough of Collingswood, NJ
Camden County
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Rental units must be rented for a minimum of 365 consecutive days, whether by lease or otherwise.
All properties registered as a rental unit or short-term rental unit must be insured through an applicable combined property/liability insurance single limit of no less than policy of $500,000.
All rental units and short-term rental units shall be maintained in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code, the BOCA National Property Maintenance Code, the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Code of the Borough of Collingswood.
A. 
Occupants. Only those occupants whose names are on file with the Borough Clerk, as provided in this article, may reside in the registered premises. It shall be unlawful for any other person to reside in said premises, and this provision may be enforced against the landlord, tenant or other person residing in said premises.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person, including the owner, agent, tenant or registered tenant, to allow a greater number of persons than the posted maximum number of occupants to sleep in or occupy overnight the rental unit or short-term rental unit.
C. 
Nuisance prohibited. No rental facility shall be conducted in a manner which shall result in any unreasonable disturbance or disruption to the surrounding properties and property owners or of the public in general, such that it shall constitute a nuisance, as defined in the ordinances of the Borough of Collingswood.
D. 
Compliance with other laws. The maintenance of all rental facilities and the conduct engaged in upon the premises by occupants and their guests shall at all times be in full compliance with all applicable ordinances and regulations of the Borough of Collingswood, and with all applicable state and federal laws.
E. 
Penalties. Any landlord, tenant or other person violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalty provisions of this chapter.
Heating and cooling facilities shall be provided in all rental facilities, rental units, and short-term rental units. This article does not amend, but rather enhances, the general heating requirements contained in Chapter 211 of the Municipal Code of the Borough of Collingswood, to impose additional requirements upon landlords who have agreed, either expressly or implicitly, to provide their tenants with heating and cooling facilities.
Every rental unit or short-term rental unit located within the Borough shall be provided with heating and cooling facilities capable of maintaining certain temperatures within the living area of the rental unit or short-term rental unit.
A. 
Heat supply. Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling units, rental units or short-term rental units, on terms, either express or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply sufficient heat during the period from October 1 to April 30 to maintain the room temperature at no less than 65° F. in all living areas of the rental units or short-term rental units during the hours between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. of each day and not less than 60° F. during all other hours.
B. 
Cooling supply. Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling units, rental units or short-term rental units, on terms, either express or implied, to furnish air conditioning or cooling mechanisms to the occupants thereof shall supply sufficient cool air during the period from May 1 to September 30 to maintain the room temperature at no more than 74° F. in all living areas of the rental units or short-term rental units.
A. 
Landlords shall provide heating and/or cooling facilities to their tenants and shall be bound to such obligation. Failure of heating and/or cooling facilities, mechanical, electrical or otherwise, shall not excuse a landlord's obligation to provide such facilities.
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Borough officials, accompanied by trained medical and/or emergency response personnel, shall have the right to enter and inspect any and all rental units and short-term rental units located within the Borough during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with or without notice to the landlord, or at any other time if the Borough officials are advised of conditions within the rental unit(s) or short-term rental unit(s) which do not meet the standards set forth in § 237-18 or which otherwise may present a danger to the health and safety of the tenants of such unit(s).
C. 
Upon notice by the Borough after the aforementioned inspection, the landlord shall be obligated to promptly repair the heating or cooling systems for the affected rental units or short-term rental units or, in the alternative, provide for alternate, temporary housing for the tenants of the rental unit(s) or short-term rental units affected by the failed system.
D. 
In the event that any landlord in the Borough fails to act in accordance with the requirements contained in this § 237-31, the Borough shall have the authority to act immediately to protect the health and safety of the tenants if, following consultation with trained medical and/or emergency response personnel, it is determined that extreme hot or cold weather conditions exist which may present a danger to the health and safety of Borough residents. To this end, the Borough may either cause the repair of the failed system or provide for alternate temporary housing for the tenants of the rental units or short-term rental units affected by the failed system. All expenses incurred by the Borough pursuant to this section shall be the responsibility of the landlord of the subject rental unit(s) or short-term rental units.
This section is intended to regulate short-term rental units to preserve the health, safety, and public enjoyment of all residents and tenants within the Borough.
A. 
The requirements, prohibitions, restrictions, and all other provisions of this chapter shall apply to the rental of short-term rental units and the short-term rental owners.
B. 
In addition to the requirements, prohibitions, and restrictions set forth in this chapter, short-term rental units shall comply with each of the following regulations:
(1) 
The person offering a dwelling unit for rent as a short-term rental unit shall be the owner of the dwelling unit. The rental facility containing the short-term rental unit shall be the primary residence of the owner.
(2) 
Advertisements for the availability of short-term rental units shall not contain any language that is inconsistent with the requirements and prohibitions set forth in this section.
(3) 
A short-term rental unit shall be limited to a maximum tenancy of 30 days within a period of 365 days. No short-term rental unit shall be rented for more than 14 consecutive days. A short-term rental owner shall be limited to one tenancy of a short-term rental unit at any one time.
(4) 
No tenancy of a short-term rental unit shall be permitted if such tenancy causes the rental facility to violate the Borough's residential occupancy requirements.
(5) 
No accessory buildings on a property may be used for a short-term rental unit.
(6) 
Short-term rentals shall not be conducted in a manner that is disruptive or adverse to the safety, well-being and quiet enjoyment of the Borough's residents and visitors;
(7) 
Short-term rentals shall not be permitted for the purpose of hosting commercial or social events.
(8) 
Short-term rental units shall not be rented to any person younger than 21 years of age.
(9) 
Signs or any other type of advertisement indicating a dwelling unit is available for occupancy as a short-term rental unit shall not be placed on the property where the short-term rental unit is located.
(10) 
Any short-term rental owner shall be responsible for providing parking for any tenant of the short-term rental unit.
(11) 
Every rental facility with a short-term rental unit shall contain the requisite number of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as required by the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Borough's ordinances. In the event that the short-term rental owner of the rental facility is not present during the tenancy of the short-term rental unit, each smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector within the rental facility shall be hardwired in such a manner that the activation of one detector will activate all of the detectors in the rental facility.
(12) 
The short-term rental owner of a short-term rental unit shall post the following information in a prominent location therein:
(a) 
The telephone number of the short-term rental owner and person responsible for building maintenance issues of the short-term rental unit.
(b) 
The telephone number(s) for the Borough Police Department, the Borough Fire Department, and the Borough Code Enforcement Department.
(c) 
A floor plan indicating the locations of all emergency exit routes, fire extinguishers, and CO alarms within the short-term rental unit.
(d) 
The maximum number of parking spaces available on-site.
(e) 
Notification that any short-term renter shall be subject to fines and penalties for any violations of this chapter or for violations of the Borough Municipal Code.