Proponents of Montclair's rent control ordinance celebrated on Church Street on Saturday, Jan. 16, after a judge ruled that it can go into effect without first going to voters.

The ruling by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey B. Beacham on Friday, Jan. 15, upholds Municipal Clerk Angelese Bermudez Nieves’ rejection of both a petition and a supplementary petition by the Montclair Property Owners Association landlord group, which hoped to put the matter on the ballot. It will allow the township to implement a rent control ordinance first passed in April of last year.

But the landlord group plans to appeal, and to seek a stay that would keep the ordinance from going into effect while it does.

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The Tenants Organization of Montclair, also known as TOOM, has been advocating for rent control for over two years.