Brighton Owners Seek to Negotiate With Tenants Over Rents

Dec 12, 2018

An attorney for the owners of Brighton at Barnegat is looking to negotiate rent increases with the tenants rather than appear before the rent leveling board.

Lori Greenberg, who represents Hometown America, said such a move would require an addendum to the rent leveling ordinance.

“If we tried to do this now, we would be outside of the rent leveling board parameters,” she said at the Dec. 4 township committee meeting. “We sat down with the residents and have come up with an agreenment that where there would be give and take and save residents some money. Everybody gives, everybody takes. But in order to do this we would need enabling legislation from you (the committee).”

Greenberg said the ordinance would effectively keep Brighton out of the rent leveling board’s business “unless there was a major violation.”

Township Attorney Sean Kean agreed that a new ordinance could be introduced in January, with adoption in February.

“I’m sure the governing body would not try to impede any agreement you come up with, and when you have the homeowners on board the committee would take in under advisement.”

Michelle Woodruff, president of the Manufactured Home Owners Association of Brighton, said any agreement is still tentative.

“We still have some language to be worked out,” she said.

Woodruff said Brighton consists of 276 homes, with an average monthly rent of $400 to $425. Owners of the newest units pay approximately $500 per month.

“And the people living in the new homes should pay more,” she said. “That’s something that should continue.”

Woodruff said the residents are looking to resolve how fees for maintenance, trash and other services are passed on to the homeowners.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to resolve this soon,”  she said.  —E.E.


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