Reynolds-Jackson Measure Requiring Registration of Vacant and Abandoned Properties Released Becomes Law

Legislation Establishes Enforcement Tools to Maintain Properties

(TRENTON) – To help ensure that communities can enjoy their home’s surroundings, legislation that would require the responsible parties of vacant and abandoned properties to register them in the municipality where they are located was signed into law Tuesday.

The new law (formerly bill A-2877) includes enforcement tools to help ensure that the properties are properly maintained and allows municipalities to hold those parties accountable.

Assembly Democrat Reynolds-Jackson (D-Hunterdon, Mercer) sponsors the legislation and released the following statement on the new law:

“Whether a single or multi-family home, a modest dwelling or a mansion, properties that are well-maintained help instill a sense of pride in our communities and make them more inviting. There truly is ‘no place like home’—especially when home is pleasant visually.

“Yet when properties and lots are abandoned and not maintained, they become an eyesore to the community, bring down property values, and are a source of stress to those who must see them daily.

“This new law will help ensure that the parties responsible for such nuisances are held accountable, take corrective action and are fined accordingly when they fail to do so.”