Ebola Communication Guidance

While the CDC and world health officials have stated that Ebola poses no significant risk to the United States, recent efforts to screen for symptoms at New York area airports, including Newark, may lead to additional questions and concerns.

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane Irene and Sandy have proven that New Jersey is not immune to hurricanes and hurricane force storms. While you cannot stop the onset of a natural hazard; there are steps you should take to prepare.

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"Landlord-Tenant & Related Issues in the Superior Court of New Jersey" (4th Ed., 2011)

This comprehensive new manual replaces Judge Fast's Guide to Landlord/Tenant Actions in the Special Civil Part of The Superior Court of New Jersey. It includes key opinions - both reported and unreported, as well as the text of additional statutes and Court Rules, including those relating to actions in the Law and Chancery Divisions, Part IV of the Rules of Court. This publication is available for order through the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

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Security Deposit Act

New Jersey’s Security Deposit Act requires that rental housing providers pay their residents accrued interest on their security deposits each year either in the form of a rental credit or a cash payment.

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Overtime Pay Requirements for Maintenance Staff

The question often arises whether maintenance supervisors should be classified as “exempt” or “nonexempt” employees. Below is a discussion of the legal requirements that allow employers to designate an employee as exempt from the overtime laws and thus, no matter how many hours that employee works in a given week, no overtime pay would be required.

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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have once again become prevalent in the United States spurred on by increased international travel and DDT, a once effective pesticide, being banned because of its toxicity to the environment. Bed bugs are small, prolific, and resistant to a number of pest management practices making treatment of an infestation challenging.

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Rent Control

Rent control was initially created in New Jersey during the 1970s and 1980s as a short term emergency measure aimed at combatting runaway inflation, however, rent controls have been maintained for the long term due to local political dynamics which make repeal difficult. Today, 98 of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities continue to have rent control governing rents at multifamily apartments, including some of the state’s most populous cities.

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Truth-in-Renting

Apartment owners are required by statute to give incoming residents a pamphlet summarizing the rights and responsibilities of owners and residents (commonly referred to as the Truth-in-Renting booklet). NJAA successfully lobbied the Legislature to be able to provide this to you online in an electronic and searchable format.

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Child Protective Window Guards

Window guards are specially designed metal devices that are installed in the lower half of double-hung (vertically opening) windows to prevent children from falling from a window. They do not prevent a burglary and should not be used for this purpose. Properly installed window guards can help safeguard children from injury, and parents and caregivers may request that window guards be installed. New Jersey has exhaustive regulations that outline procedures that property owners must follow to inform residents of their right to request that window guards be installed.

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Satellite Dish Installation

Residents may wish to install a satellite dish to get lower cost television programming or to access television content that is not available through over-the-air broadcast, cable TV, or increasingly, fiber optic television services. Learn the federal regulations that govern what limitations may be imposed on installation to ensure the safety of the community and the maintain integrity of the building.

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Lead-Based Paint

Housing constructed prior to 1978 may contain elements with lead-based paint and could be subject to additional regulation. It is important for property managers and maintenance personnel to be familiar with the potential hazards of lead-based paint and the numerous federal and state regulations that address lead-based paint hazards in the home. NJAA provides resouces to help you comply with the regulations and maintain your properties in a lead-safe manner.

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