A hearing is set for Monday that could end the legal fight and put Montclair on course for a referendum.
A Montclair landlords group intends to sue the township for once again extending a rent-increase freeze, this time through March 2022.
Judges rule clerk acted “capriciously” in tossing out electronic signatures that didn’t match handwritten ones from voter rolls.
Montclair landlords are urging the township to end its rent increase freeze, as New Jersey’s public health emergency for the coronavirus pandemic was lifted in June, and property owners are dealing with increased costs.
Ron Simoncini of the Montclair Property Owners Association asks: “Why can voters in Montclair be trusted to choose the mechanism for school board membership, but they cannot be trusted to decide if they want rent control?”
Ordinance to limit rent increases was first passed a year ago — and been tied up in a legal fight since.
A landlord group fighting Montclair’s rent control ordinance has filed another suit against the township and the township clerk, this time claiming a civil rights act violation.
Montclair’s township clerk certified a landlord group’s petition Tuesday, March 16, seeking to put rent control rules the Township Council adopted last year before voters.
The judge reversed his earlier ruling, siding with a landlords group that has been pushing to put rent control on the ballot.
Writer Keith Hefner says as a landlord, he wanted maximum profit — but is glad rent control tempered him.
A judge has granted yet another stay on Montclair’s Rent Control ordinance.
Writer Zachary Miller says even with rent control, “the struggle continues on course.”
Rent control proponents celebrated on Church Street on Saturday, Jan. 16.
Rent control can go into effect in Montclair without first going to voters, an Essex County judge decided Friday, Jan. 15.