A Rental Housing Certificate of Occupancy inspection is required for all rental dwelling units whenever there is a change of occupancy and prior to occupancy of the unit. Please allow one week for scheduling purposes, please contact us at 856-456-0030. ext. 114 as soon as possible to schedule an inspection.
A Rental Housing Certificate of Occupancy inspection is required for all rental units whenever there is a change of occupancy. A Landlord Registration form is required by N.J.S.A. 46:8-27 for all rental properties. Failure to register and obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for rental properties leaves landlords “unprotected” by NJ Statutes concerning Landlord/Tenant Disputes and is in violation of the Borough’s requirements. Any disagreements involving unregistered or uninspected rental properties may pose a legal challenge and liability to property owners.
This checklist is provided as a courtesy and is not all-inclusive. There may be other items which may fail a unit inspection.
TENANTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO MOVE IN UNTIL APPROVAL IS GIVEN BY THE HOUSING INSPECTOR
Please note the following guidelines in order to streamline the inspection process:
1. The landlord is responsible to prepare the property for inspection. All utilities must be turned on.
2. The unit must be vacant, empty and clean for the inspection. It will not be inspected while the current tenant occupies it. Time must be allocated between tenants to have it prepared and pass inspection.
3. All rental units must pass the inspection prior to the tenant taking possession of the unit. “AS IS” lease clauses do not apply. An inspection can be done if there is no named tenant and is valid for 90 days.
4. In order to avoid a failed inspection as well as the re-inspection fee and the time delay, the list below must be reviewed and followed to ensure that the unit complies with all of the items listed.
5. The Rental Housing Certificate of Occupancy will be issued in the name of the tenant(s) and is valid for the time that the listed tenant occupies the unit. Each time the unit is vacated, the procedures for applying
and scheduling an inspection prior to the incoming tenant taking possession of the unit must be followed.
FIRE & CARBON MONOXIDE SAFETY–THESE GUIDELINES ARE NEW AND MUST BE FOLLOWED PRECISELY
Smoke Alarms (120V hard–wired or 10-year sealed alarms) must be less than 10 years old. Manufacture date is on the back of each alarm. Alarm locations that are 120V hard-wired must have hard wired alarms installed and cannot be replaced with 10-year sealed alarms. Smoke alarms must be installed at the following locations:
. On each story within the unit, including basements but not including crawlspaces and uninhabitable attics;
. Outside of any bedroom area within 10 feet of each bedroom;
. In each room that may be used for sleeping purposes
Carbon Monoxide Alarms (hard-wired or battery) must be less than 10 years old and installed according to the manufacturer, in working order located within 10 feet of each room that may be used for sleeping purposes.
A Fire Extinguisher is required in houses, condominiums and townhomes. It shall be 2A:10B:C, rated for residential use and readily accessible within 10 feet of the kitchen, mounted no higher than 5 feet above the floor.
Dwellings with low-voltage smoke alarm systems must have a letter at the time of inspection from the alarm company indicating that the system has been tested in the last 30 days and is currently monitored and functioning.