[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palisades Park 11-21-1981 by Ord. No. 943. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Rent Leveling Board of the Borough of Palisades Park shall be and is hereby designated as the authorized administrative agency of the Borough of Palisades Park, in accordance with P.L. 1981, c. 226, to do the following:
Accept all required applications and forms and other notices which must be sent by the landlord-sponsor of the condominium or cooperative conversion to tenants in possession.
Establish and disseminate fact sheets and application forms as approved by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
Do all other necessary and proper acts within the time period set forth in the Act.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.22 et seq.
The owner or sponsor of the conversion of any building shall, prior to the filing of an application for registration, notify the Secretary of the Rent Leveling Board of the intention to file the application for registration and shall supply the Secretary with a current tenant list and stamped envelopes addressed to each tenant, each such envelope containing copies of all required notices to be given to such tenants.
Within 10 days of the receipt of the notice of intention, the current tenant list and the stamped, addressed envelopes and copies of all notices, the Secretary of the Rent Leveling Board shall notify each tenant, in writing, of the intention of the owner or sponsor to convert the building to condominium or cooperative ownership and applicability of the Act, together with a written application form substantially in the form established by the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey, and shall submit to the owner or sponsor an affidavit that the Secretary has notified each tenant as aforesaid.
The Secretary shall accept all applications completed and submitted by the tenants seeking the benefits of the protected tenancy status of the Act and shall submit all such applications to the Rent Leveling Board for determinations of eligibility in accordance with the criteria of the Act. Such determinations of eligibility shall be made by the Rent Leveling Board with respect to each application within 30 days after receipt of an application.
Any tenant qualifying for protected status shall be promptly notified of eligibility by the Secretary of the Rent Leveling Board. Any tenant who does not qualify for protected status shall be likewise notified of the determination of the Board, and the reasons for ineligibility shall be set forth in such notice. Notices of determination as to eligibility and ineligibility as to each tenant who has applied shall be provided to the owner or sponsor of the plan of conversion.
The Rent Leveling Board may, in its discretion, establish by rules and regulations an administrative procedure for determining eligibility and require the submission of such documentation as the Rent Leveling Board may reasonably require to determine eligibility, including proof of income from all sources and proof of principal residence. The Rent Leveling Board may further require the appearance of the tenant seeking protected status at a hearing and may adduce live testimony under oath. The Rent Leveling Board may establish such additional rules and regulations for the conducting of the hearing, including the right of the owner or sponsor to be present in person or by attorney and to cross-examine the tenant and produce any evidence to establish ineligibility of a tenant for protected status.
The fee to be imposed shall be as follows: The administrative charges shall be established on the basis of $20 per tenant.
If the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey shall adopt rules and regulations to implement the provisions of the Act, the same shall be operative within the Borough of Palisades Park as rules and regulations of the Rent Leveling Board as well.
This chapter shall be liberally construed to effectuate the purposes thereof.