Bipartisan effort targets unscrupulous landlords in N.J.

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Two New Jersey lawmakers want to hold landlords accountable for dangerous, unsanitary conditions in subsidized rental housing.

Sen. Ron Rice, a Democrat, said the measure he’s sponsoring with Republican Sen. Jennifer Beck follows investigations into deplorable conditions at rental complexes in Newark and Asbury Park.

“We have some units where the landlords continue over the years to flip properties, don’t maintain them,” said Rice, D-Essex. “You have roaches and rats and all kinds of violations taking place in these buildings, the ceilings falling.”

Yet the government continues give subsidies to some landlords — even though they’ve failed to correct the violations, he said, adding that the bill is intended to bring relief to tenants caught in the middle.

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Legislative hearings could determine how widespread substandard housing is in New Jersey.

Beck, R-Monmouth, said the conditions some tenants are forced to live in are unconscionable — and it’s not acceptable to allow it to continue.

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