2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Section 40A:12-34 - Urban homesteading program

40A:12-34. Urban homesteading program

a. A municipality may, by ordinance, establish an urban homesteading program. Any municipality which enacts such an ordinance shall designate in that ordinance an existing department of the municipality to serve as the urban homesteading agency.

b. Notwithstanding the provisions of P.L. 1971, c. 199 (C. 40A:12-1 et seq.) or any other law, rule or regulation to the contrary, any municipality which enacts an ordinance pursuant to subsection a. of this section may sell in rem property to a qualified applicant for a selling price of no less than the minimum purchase price set by ordinance and no more than the maximum purchase price set by ordinance; provided, however, that no property may be sold pursuant to this act unless the applicant makes a commitment to the municipality that he will fulfill the work entailed in the appraisal which is selected by the homesteading agency from among those submitted by the applicant under subsection d. of this section.

c. In order to be considered eligible to purchase an in rem property pursuant to this act, an applicant shall demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the homesteading agency, that the applicant has the financial means to purchase the property.

d. An ordinance establishing an urban homesteading program shall include reasonable standards for demonstration of financial means, a minimum time period during which the homesteader must occupy the premises, a specific time period within which rehabilitation of the premises must commence, an overall minimum and maximum purchase price for homestead properties to be transferred and penalties for not beginning rehabilitation within the specified time and for not fulfilling the residency commitment.

The ordinance shall also require an applicant who proposes to purchase an in rem property to include as part of the application to purchase that property three independent appraisals of that work required in order to bring the property into conformance with all applicable State and local codes and shall include penalties for not fulfilling the work required in that appraisal selected by the homesteading agency. The appraisals shall set forth a detailed list of all materials required and the number of hours of labor required in order to perform all of the necessary tasks.

L. 1988, c. 148, s. 4.

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