[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverdale 12-21-2009 by Ord. No. 14-2009. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building safety and habitability — See Ch. 81.
Certificates of continuing occupancy — See Ch. 82.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 85.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 100.
Garbage, rubbish and refuse — See Ch. 108.
Housing standards — See Ch. 111.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 130.
Zoning — See Ch. 168.
All rental units which are located on properties containing four or more residential rental units in common ownership shall hereafter be registered by the owner with the Code Enforcement Officer or designee on forms which shall be provided for that purpose and which shall be obtained from the Code Enforcement Officer or designee. Such registration shall occur on an annual basis as provided herein.
Each rental unit shall be registered and licensed annually. The license terms shall commence January 1 of each year and such registration shall be valid until December 31 of the next year, at which time it shall expire and a new registration shall occur. No rental unit shall hereafter be rented unless the rental unit is registered and licensed in accordance with this chapter.
Issuance of license.
Said license shall only be issued upon inspection of the property and finding that:
The visible parts of the property, buildings and structures that are to be covered by the license have been inspected by the Code Enforcement Officer or designee and that no visible violations of the building or property maintenance codes exist; and
The rental use proposed by the owner is a valid conforming use in the zone as determined by the Code Enforcement Officer or designee.
A separate license shall be required for each and every individual dwelling unit existing on a property.
No person shall hereafter occupy any rental unit nor shall the owner permit occupancy of any rental unit within the Borough of Riverdale which is not registered and licensed in accordance with this chapter.
[Amended 5-17-2010 by Ord. No. 6-2010]
At the time of filing the initial rental registration form, and prior to the issuance of the license, the owner or agent of the owner must pay an initial registration fee in the amount of $50 per rental unit. The fee for subsequent annual registration and licensing of each rental unit shall be $35.
In addition to the penalties set forth in N.J.S.A. 46:8-35, any person who violates any chapter of this provision shall, upon conviction in the Municipal Court of the Borough of Riverdale or such other court having jurisdiction, be liable for a minimum fine of $250 (or higher if permitted by court order) and a maximum fine not to exceed $2,000 or imprisonment or community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof. Each day that the violation occurs shall be considered a separate and distinct violation subject to the penalty provisions of this chapter. Any person who is convicted of violating this chapter within one year of the date of the previous violation of this chapter and who was fined for same shall be sentenced by the court to an additional fine as a repeat offender and calculated separately from the fine imposed for the violation of the chapter.