By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.

In a move that may provide some relief for New Jersey’s community associations dealing with vacant and abandoned units, on May 15, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law P.L. 2014, Ch. 5 (A-347/S-288), which requires mortgage lenders pursuing residential foreclosures to provide notice to the municipality of the action and to maintain certain abandoned or vacated properties, including those properties in condominiums and homeowners associations.

The law requires that, if a residential property becomes vacant at any time after the mortgage lender files a foreclosure complaint, including matters that are currently pending as of the law’s enactment, the lender must rectify any code violations upon notice from the municipality. The law also authorizes municipalities to impose penalties on mortgage lenders who fail to timely remedy code violations for these properties within a certain time frame. The new law takes effect on July 14, 2014.

You can read the full text of this legislation here.

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