Ordinance Permits Negotiated Rent Increases in Barnegat

Feb 13, 2019

An ordinance introduced by the Barnegat Township Committee recently will allow rental developments and landlords to negotiate rent increases by agreement rather than go to the rent leveling board. The ordinance would mostly affect the two mobile home communities Brighton at Barnegat and Pinewood Estates. Such an agreement is being negotiated at Brighton.

Lori Greenberg, an attorney representing Hometown America, owners of Brighton at Barnegat, had requested that she and tenants be permitted to work out a rental agreement. Without that provision, she told the township committee to gird itself for lengthy legal battles in court if the rent leveling board would deny increases.

According to the ordinance, when the landlord and tenants effectuate a rent increase by agreement, the agreement shall be in writing, signed by the landlord and signed by the tenants representing 75 percent of the occupied units affected by the increase.

“Such rental increases by agreement shall take effect in accordance with terms and conditions thereof  and a copy of such agreement shall be filed with the rent leveling board within 45 days of the execution of the document,” the ordinance says.   

“I want to compliment Lori (Greenberg), the tenants and owners for settling your own matters instead of other people telling you what to do,” said Mayor Alfonso Cirulli. “There’s a good feeling all the way around on this.”

Michelle Woodruff, president of the Manufactured Home Owners Association of Brighton, said the  agreement would also address various improvements to the new ordinance.

“There’s been a lot of give and take, but I think this is a fair solution,” she said.

Woodruff said the new agreement would not be officially announced until the ordinance is adopted. A public hearing on it is scheduled for the next meeting, on Tuesday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. E.E. 

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