N.J.S.A 2A:42-113. Definitions; disclosure statements to senior citizen housing residents

2A:42-113. Definitions; disclosure statements to senior citizen housing residents

2. a. As used in this section:

“Landlord” means, in the case of a senior citizen housing project in which dwelling units are rented or offered for rent, the person or persons who own or purport to own the building, structure or complex of buildings or structures in which those rental dwelling units are situated. In the case of a senior citizen housing project that is organized or operated as a planned real estate development, landlord means the governing board or body of that development.

“Planned real estate development” means any real property situated within the State, whether contiguous or not, which consists of, or will consist of, separately owned areas, irrespective of form, be it lots, parcels, units, or interests, and which are offered or disposed of pursuant to a common promotional plan, and providing for common or shared elements or interests in real property. It shall include, but not be limited to, property subject to the “Condominium Act,” P.L.1969, C. 257 (46:8B-1. Short title et seq.), any form of homeowners’ association, any housing cooperative or any community trust or other trust device.

“Senior citizen” means a person 62 years of age or older and shall include a surviving spouse if that surviving spouse is 55 years of age or over.

“Senior citizen housing project” means any building or structure, and any land appurtenant thereto, having three or more dwelling units, be they rental or owner occupied, intended for, and solely occupied by, senior citizens; except that, it shall not include owner-occupied premises having not more than three dwelling units that are rented or offered for rent, or any health care facility as defined in the “Health Care Facilities Planning Act,” P.L.1971, C. 136 (C. 26:2H-1 Declaration of public policy. et seq.).

b. Every landlord of a senior citizen housing project, and every landlord of a unit within a senior citizen housing project that is a planned unit development, shall give copies of the statements required by P.L.1974, C. 50 (46:8-27 Landlord, project defined. et seq.), P.L.1975, C. 310 (46:8-43. Short title et seq.) and section 1 of this act to each resident at the time of the signing of the lease and any renewal thereof, if the units in the project are rented or offered for rent. If the project is organized or operated as a planned real estate development, the governing board or body shall provide copies of the public offering statement approved by the Department of Community Affairs in accordance with P.L.1969, C. 215 (45:22A-1. Short title et seq.) or P.L.1977, C. 419 (45:22A-21. Short title et seq.) and of the current bylaws of the planned real estate development to all residents to whom copies of those documents were not previously issued either by the developer or by the governing board or body.

Upon receipt of the statements or documents, as the case may be, the resident shall sign a form indicating that the landlord delivered the statements or documents as required under the provisions of this section. The owner shall keep the form on file for one year.

The landlord shall post copies of the statements and documents in one or more locations so the statements and documents are prominently displayed and accessible to all the residents of the senior citizen housing project.

C. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as affecting a right guaranteed, or a responsibility imposed, on any person by any other law.

L.1995,C. 144,S.2.

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