By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.

On January 13, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law P.L. 2013, Ch. 186 (A-3625/S-2343), which requires age-restricted multiple dwelling owners – including certain condominiums and homeowners associations – to annually prepare and maintain emergency building operations plans.

This new law requires that qualified community associations and other facilities, which are defined as consisting of more than 20 dwelling units that reserve occupancy for residents of 55 years and older, shall be required to maintain an emergency building operations plan in coordination with the municipal emergency management coordinator. The plan would prepare the building for any possible loss of essential services, such as electricity, heat, water, hot water, gas or telephone service, and any other substantial disruption to daily living that could result during an emergency. The law requires that a copy of the plan be filed annually with the municipal emergency management coordinator and with any public utility providing service to the multiple dwelling. The new law takes effect immediately.

You can read the full text of the legislation here.

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