[HISTORY: Adopted by Mayor and Council of Borough of Wenonah: Article I, 11-11-1982. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 12-29-1983; 7-23-1992; amended 3-22-1918 by Ord. No. 2018-3]
Except as otherwise provided herein, all residential rental units within the Borough of Wenonah shall be inspected at least once a year in order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the occupants therein and the surrounding neighbors. Such inspection shall be made by the Fire Marshall's Office. Such inspection shall be for the purposes of ensuring the habitability of such premises and ensuring that premises comply with all health, safety, electrical and plumbing requirements of the State of New Jersey and the Borough of Wenonah. The Fire Marshall shall be bound by the New Jersey Fire Code, and the other subcode officials or health or fire officials subsequently brought in by the Fire Marshall shall be bound by the State Fire and Health Codes or any local fire or health codes which shall have been adopted in the Borough of Wenonah.
All structures used or intended for use for residential rental purposes by not more than two households shall be inspected upon any change of occupancy in order that the relevant enforcement officer shall issue a certificate evidencing compliance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 5227D-192 et seq.
[Amended 7-23-1992; 3-22-1918 by Ord. No. 2018-3]
Other than the fees required under Chapter 18A, Construction Codes, Uniform, of the Code of the Borough of Wenonah, the inspection shall be at no cost to the owner of the premises unless someone other than or in addition to the Borough Zoning Enforcement Official and the Construction Code Official is necessary to complete the inspection or it is necessary to reinspect. In those instances, the owner of the premises shall be required to reimburse the Borough of Wenonah for any costs actually incurred or pay a fee of $50, whichever is greater.
All owners of rental premises in the borough, including residential premises in which there are three or fewer units, one of which is occupied by the legal owner, shall register their premises with the Borough Clerk on or before January 1 of each year on forms which may be obtained from the Borough Offices, 1 West Cherry Street, Wenonah, New Jersey 08090. Should the owner or landlord be required to file a certificate of registration in accordance with N.J.S.A. 46:8-28, such owner or landlord may file a photocopy of such form with the Borough Clerk, which form shall suffice for meeting the requirements of this section. Should there be no change on January 1 from the information filed in the previous year's registration, the owner or landlord need only advise the Borough Clerk, in writing, that all filed information remains the same, and such shall suffice for compliance with this section.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. In addition, any owner who shall fail to comply with the requirements of the Construction Code Official and/or the Subcode, Fire or Health Official, to meet the code requirements, shall likewise be subject to the same fine and imprisonment as set forth herein. Owners shall be given 15 days in which to comply with the orders of the appropriate official, and failure to so comply shall constitute a violation of this section.
All forms filed with the Borough Clerk in accordance with this ordinance shall become public records and shall be open to public inspection upon request of any person during regular business hours at the borough offices.
Should any section or provision of this ordinance be declared to be invalid or unconstitutional, such invalidity shall not offset any other section or provision of this ordinance, except insofar as the section or provision so invalidated shall be inseparable from the remainder or any part thereof.
This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage in accordance with statute.