Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 46:8-28, every landlord of rental property—with the exception of owner-occupied premises containing two or less units—is obligated to file a registration statement with either the township clerk’s office or the state of New Jersey.
For one- and two-family non-owner occupied rental dwellings, the registration statement is filed at the municipal level with the clerk; there is no fee involved.
On a related note, please be aware that whenever a change of occupancy occurs within the township (i.e., a new tenant moves in), the dwelling must be inspected prior to the new tenancy. Read more about reoccupancy inspections.
For multiple dwellings which contain three or more units, landlords must register with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Bureau of Housing Inspection. Upon receipt and payment of fees, the state will then send a copy of the filed statement to the township clerk.
Need more information? Contact the Vernon Township Clerk’s Office at 973.764.4055, ext. 2234.