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3/23/2017 - New Rental Certificate of Occupancy Requirements

Borough of Peapack & Gladstone

PO BOX 218, 1 SCHOOL ST. PEAPACK, NJ 07977
Telephone: (908) 234-2250 x101 Fax: (908) 781-0042 www.peapackgladstone.org

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New Rental Certificate of Occupancy Requirements

Over the past few decades, the number of rentals within the Borough has been increasing. While most landlords have been conscientious about making certain that the units they rent are safe, provide basic services such as potable water, and are in compliance with our zoning regulations, there have been some situations where this has not been the case. 

As an example of what could happen, several years ago a fire in a local business and it was discovered that there were nearly a dozen people living in their attic (with no fire escape and only a single means of egress). 

To address these concerns, on February 14, 2017 the Borough Council enacted Ordinance 2017-1029 which requires all rentals to be issued a Rental Certificate of Occupancy (RCO) by the Borough. The application for the RCO triggers an automatic inspection covering fire, zoning, building safety and other factors. Landlords in compliance will receive an RCO and those that not in compliance will have to remediate the situation, or terminate the illegal rental. Fines for non-compliance, or failing to file for an RCO, are significant and repeat offenders can be fined up to $2,000 a day, in addition to civil penalties covering the cost of the relocation of tenants. 

If you currently rent a room, unit, apartment, attic, house, etc., please complete an RCO application no later than May 1st.   A copy of the application may be obtained at Borough Hall or on this website at http://peapackgladstone.org/filestorage/144/146/871/PDF_fillable_RCO_Application.pdf.

Thank you for your support in keeping all of our Borough residents safe.