Montclair, NJ – Montclair just had a special election for two new Board of Education members. Montclair residents may be called back to the polls in May on the issue of rent control.
“Yesterday the Township of Montclair notified the Committee of Petitioners that it had certified our a href=”https://montclairlocal.news/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Certification-of-Referndum-Petition-to-Repeal-O-20-05-dated-3.9.2022.pdf”>Petition for Referendum, which would result in a vote on rent control after a statutory period during which the Council has the opportunity to either repeal its own ordinance or provide an alternative that would persuade the Committee of Petitioners to withdraw its Referendum. An election would probably occur sometime in the beginning to middle of May,” states Montclair Property Owners Association’s executive director Ron Simoncini.
“While we are marching towards a referendum, there is still hope it can be avoided with compromise,” says Councilor at Large Peter Yacobellis. “As both tenant and property owner groups have said to me — the current ordinance is very flawed. We should not ask the public to vote on a flawed rent control law that leaves out most renters when we know both sides agree on far more components to strengthen it, including expanding rent control to two and three family units.”