[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Hoboken 5-4-1977 by Ord. No. C-78. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every residential landlord as hereinafter defined, including landlords of limited dividend housing properties as hereinafter defined, shall obtain and file an apartment certificate of occupancy before any apartment unit in said structure is leased to a new tenant, not already in possession at the effective date of this chapter. This chapter shall not apply to the exemptions as defined in § 83-7.
Applications for an apartment certificate of occupancy shall be on a form furnished and supplied by the Division of Housing Inspection of the City of Hoboken.
Every application for an apartment certificate of occupancy shall:
State the name and former address of the person renting said apartment unit, the names of all the other occupants who will reside in that apartment unit, for a period in excess of 30 days in any calendar year, and should any persons under 18 years of age be included in the apartment unit, their names and ages should be stated on the application.
Identify the dwelling unit to be rented by providing the mailing address of said unit as it will be listed on the mailbox or post office address of the tenant and as posted in the hallway and building directory of the structure.
State that the apartment building or structure conforms to all the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, Building and Housing Code of the City of Hoboken, as well as any specific written agreements between the City of Hoboken and the landlord, the urban renewal plan, if applicable, and all other ordinances and codes of the City of Hoboken in force at the time of the application for the certificate of occupancy.
State that there are no violations in existence in the dwelling unit to be rented.
State that the proposed occupancy by this tenant conforms to the standards set forth in the Zoning Ordinance, Building and Housing Codes of the City of Hoboken, as well as financial requirements on the part of the tenant, either maximum or minimum, if applicable, state and federal, the urban renewal plan, if applicable, and all other ordinances and codes of the City of Hoboken in force at the time of the application for the certificate of occupancy.
Such certificate shall be issued within 10 days after receipt of such application, but only provided that a representative of the Division of Housing Inspection has determined that all requirements of all applicable building and housing codes and ordinances in effect are complied with.
Apartment dwelling structures, subject to the provisions of this chapter, shall be inspected by the Division of Housing Inspection on every initial occupancy or change of occupancy after the effective date of this chapter, but there shall not be more than one such inspection of each leased or rented unit in any calendar year.
The owner of the inspected property shall be charged a fee of $10 for the initial inspection and the issuance of the aforesaid certificate, for each separate leased or rented unit inspected for the aforesaid purpose. A fee of $5 for each separate leased or rented unit reinspected shall be charged to the owner for each reinspection that may be required. The aforesaid fees shall be paid to the Division of Housing Inspection, prior to the aforesaid inspection or reinspection(s); however, the maximum fee to be charged for any one building for initial inspection shall be $350.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- APARTMENT DWELLING UNITS
- Any self-contained residential unit containing at least a stove or oven and bathroom and sleeping accommodations for one or more persons.
- All owner-occupied apartment dwelling structures with no more than three rental units and all apartment dwelling structures that are financed and regularly inspected by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development or the New Jersey Housing Finance Agency.
- Includes every person who lets occupancy for remuneration and shall include sublessors.
The landlord, upon reasonable notice to the tenant, shall have the right to enter and inspect the leased premises and to make necessary repairs and inspections as may be required.
[Amended 11-4-1987 by Ord. No. V-140]
Any person who shall violate or fail to comply with any provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each day the violation shall continue or imprisonment for a period not to exceed 90 days, or both, at the discretion of the Judge of the Hoboken Municipal Court.