Matawan, NJ, passes vacant property registration ordinance

Matawan, NJ: The Borough approved a vacant property registration ordinance, to take effect upon its passage.


The ordinance requires the owner of a vacant property must register annually with the Borough within 60 days of the property becoming vacant, or within 30 days of assuming ownership of a vacant property.


Any property that was already vacant before the ordinance was approved must register before Sept. 1, 2020.


Registration includes current contact information for those in charge of the home; securing the property and posting a sign to the property with that contact information, within 30 days; and providing access to the property, interior and exterior, for a Borough representative to assess the property state.


Any change in information must be updated within 30 days of the change.


The initial fee for registration is $500. The first renewal registration is $1000, the second renewal $1500, and the third and subsequent renewal is $2000.


If there is a change of ownership, or title transfer, the new owner must pay a fee of $500 as a new owner.


Failure to adhere to any part of the ordinance can result in a fine of $200 - $1000 per violation, per day, per instance.




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