Rent Leveling Board
Chairperson - James Manning, Jr
Vice Chairperson – Morrel Massicot
Members – Constance Holmes, Ruth Johnson, Catherine McAphee,
Alternates - Jeff Klein and Naomi Riley
Board Attorney - Gene J. Anthony, Esq.
Board Secretary - Pamela Howard
Rent Control, Protective Tenancy and Rent Leveling Board Ordinance (with amendments)
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Letter to Landlords
Vacancy Decontrol Application Form
Tenant Complaint Form
For information, contact the Board Secretary, Pamela Howard, at 732-988-5200 x 235
Township of Neptune Rent Leveling Board
The Neptune Township Committee in August of 2013 created the Rent Leveling Board within the Township of Neptune and regulates apartment complexes with five or more units and mobile homes. A copy of the ordinance (with amendments) can be found at www.neptunetownship.org at the Rent Control Board page.
The powers granted to the Rent Leveling Board are advisory powers and its actions shall be subject to a review of the record of the board’s proceedings by the governing body of Neptune Township upon an appropriate appeal.
In the event a landlord fails to provide and maintain the same standards of service and maintenance in the rental space and common areas during the term of a lease, a tenant can file a complaint with the Rent Leveling Board to petition the Board for a rent reduction.
In addition, a tenant can file a complaint in the event a rent increase was implemented with less than sixty (60) days notice and/or the rent increase was higher than the allowable rent percentage increase.
For additional information or to file a complaint, please contact Pamela Howard, Rent Leveling Board Secretary at 732-988-5200 extension 235.
WHAT IS THE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP RENT LEVELING BOARD?
The Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board is made up of volunteer citizens who hear complaints by tenants and requests for capital improvement surcharges and hardship increases by landlords. Any tenant who receives an illegal rent increase or reduced services can file a complaint with the Rent Leveling Board.
WHO IS PROTECTED?
Residents living in rental buildings of more than 4 units.
HOW ARE TENANTS PROTECTED?
· RENT: After a tenant moves into an apartment and receives his or her base rent, future rents cannot be increased by more than the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as calculated by the local Rent Control Ordinance. The CPI varies every month, but in recent months it has been between 0% to 2%.
· REDUCED SERVICES: A tenant who receives reduced services from what he or she is accustomed to, such as reduced air conditioning or heat, bad plumbing, etc., may file a complaint before the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board and receive a rent reduction for those months in which there is a reduced service.
WHAT ARE THE RIGHTS OF LANDLORDS
A landlord can obtain a capital improvement surcharge for major capital improvements to the apartment complex or a hardship increase for major hardships; subject to review and approval by the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board.
WHAT IS THE COMPLAINT PROCEDURE?
If a tenant is aggrieved or a landlord seeks an increase, he, she or it (corporation) may go to Township Hall at 25 Neptune Blvd., Neptune Township and fill out a complaint form or file an application with the Rent Leveling Board Secretary, who will then file the same with the Rent Leveling Board.
· The secretary or attorney for the Rent Leveling Board will help a tenant or landlord file a complaint or make an application for an increase.
· A tenant need not be represented by an attorney unless they so choose.
· All actions by tenants for reduced services or illegal rent increases may go back no more than one year from the filing of the complaint.
HOW CAN I GET A COPY OF THE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP RENT CONTROL ORDINANCE?
The ordinance is available with amendments on the Township of Neptune website at www.neptunetownship.org or by requesting a copy from the Township Clerk or Rent Leveling Board Secretary.
WHEN DOES THE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP RENT LEVELING BOARD MEET?
The Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board meets the first Thursday of every month. Special meetings may be held as deemed necessary by the Board.
HOW CAN I CONTACT THE NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP RENT LEVELING BOARD?
The Board Secretary is located at the Township of Neptune Municipal Building, 25 Neptune Blvd., Neptune Township, New Jersey, or can be reached by telephone at 732-988-5200, ext. 235.
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING REGULAR AND SPECIAL MEETING DATES OF THE
NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP RENT LEVELING BOARD AND SETTING FORTH
WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board to reaffirm by annual resolution, the time and place of its regular meetings and its executive sessions to be held throughout the ensuing calendar year, as established in its adopted rules and regulations; and
WHEREAS, there was effective on January 19, 1976, throughout the State of New Jersey, the “Open Public Meetings Act” (N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq) commonly referred to as the “Sunshine Law” requiring notification, publication and airing of all acts taken by the Rent Leveling Board of this municipality; and
WHEREAS, the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board desires to implement the said act.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board that:
1. Regular meetings of the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board for the year 2017 will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the second floor in the Township Committee Chambers, Neptune Township Municipal Building, 25 Neptune Blvd., Neptune Township, New Jersey, or any other designated location on the following meeting dates: February 2, 2017; March 9, 2017; April 6, 2017; May 4, 2017; June 1, 2017; July 6, 2017; August 3, 2017; September 7, 2017; October 12, 2017; November 2, 2017; December 7, 2017; January 4, 2018.
2. Special meetings and executive sessions of the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board shall be at the call of the Chairperson or upon the vote of the membership at a prior regular meeting or by motion to follow any particular regular meeting.
3. This notice shall be posted upon the public bulletin board in the main entranceway of the Township Municipal Building and shall remain so posted for at least one month.
4. A copy of this resolution shall be mailed by the secretary of the Rent Leveling Board or the attorney of the Rent Leveling Board to the official newspapers of the Township of Neptune and the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board.
5. The secretary, on behalf of the Rent Leveling Board, shall be authorized to direct that any other necessary action be performed by the appropriate officials or employees of the Borough to fulfill the mandates of the “Open Public Meetings Act” insofar as the same is applicable to the work and activities of the Rent Leveling Board.
6. This notice shall be published in the official newspapers of the Township of Neptune and the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board within seven (7) days from the date hereof.
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE RULES
AND REGULATIONS OF THE
RENT LEVELING BOARD
WHEREAS, the present Rules and Regulations of the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board were adopted on December 17, 2013, and there is a need to amend the Rules and Regulations to provide for a standardized Hardship Application Form to be used with regard to all Hardship Applications before the Rent Leveling Board of the Township of Neptune.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board of the Township of Neptune hereby amends the Rules and Regulations as set forth more fully in the attached copy of the Rules and Regulations to this Resolution, to provide for a standardized Hardship Application Form to be used with regard to all Hardship Applications, which is attached to the Rules and Regulations as Exhibit A, with a copy of the amended Rules and Regulations attached to the within Resolution as Exhibit A.
OFFERED BY BOARD MEMBER:
SECONDED BY BOARD MEMBER:
AND ADOPTED ON ROLL CALL BY THE FOLLOWING VOTES:
Dated: November 3, 2016
RUTH JOHNSON; CHAIRWOMAN
PAM HOWARD, Secretary
I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the Resolution adopted by the Neptune Township Rent Leveling Board at a meeting held on November 3, 2016.
PAM HOWARD, Secretary