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Toms River to Consider Ordinance to Revoke Rental Certificates for Property Violations

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For rent sign. (File Photo)
For rent sign. (File Photo)

Toms River township council members will consider a new ordinance that would allow the township to revoke the rental certificate of occupancy for properties that are in violation of township code.

The measure, to be considered on first reading Tuesday night, would “provide for the revocation of rental certificates of occupancy as a penalty for violations of rental property standards,” a meeting agenda said.

According to the township code, property standards include a slew of regulations and restrictions specific to the type of rental being considered. Different sets of regulations apply to seasonal rentals, short-term rentals and rentals in buildings with five or more units.

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For seasonal rentals, Toms River already has a so-called “animal house ordinance” in place, which requires property owners to post a bond if their tenants are convicted of noise or property-related violations more than three times in a year.

Earlier this year, the township council passed an ordinance largely outlawing short-term rentals from websites such as Airbnb, though the barrier island neighborhoods were excepted due to their seasonal nature.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the township municipal complex on Washington Street.