2A:42-122 Opposition of owner to relief sought in complaint.
9. a. If the owner opposes the relief sought in the complaint brought under subsection b. of section 4 of Phamplet Law 2003, Chapter 295 (C. 2A:42-117) and demonstrates by a preponderance of the evidence that repairs were made in timely fashion to each of the violations cited, that the repairs were made to an appropriate standard of workmanship and materials, and that the overall level of maintenance and provision of services to the building is of adequate standard, the court may dismiss the complaint.
b. If the complaint is brought by a tenant of the building which is the subject of the complaint and that tenant is in default of any material obligation under New Jersey landlord-tenant law, the court may dismiss the complaint.
C. If the court finds that the preponderance of the violations that are the basis of a complaint brought under subsection b. of section 4 of Phamplet Law 2003, Chapter 295 (C. 2A:42-117) are of a minor nature and do not impair the health, safety or general welfare of the tenants or neighbors of the property, the court may dismiss the complaint.
d. Within 10 days of filing the complaint, the plaintiff shall file a notice of lis pendens with the county recording officer of the county within which the building is located.
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