Bill Text: NJ A2964 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Requires all creditors that acquire title to non-owner occupied residential property following foreclosure to notify municipality and common interest community.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)

Status: (Passed) 2021-02-22 - Approved P.L.2021, c.20. [A2964 Detail]

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ASSEMBLY, No. 2964

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 20, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblywoman  VERLINA REYNOLDS-JACKSON

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

Assemblyman  ANTHONY S. VERRELLI

District 15 (Hunterdon and Mercer)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires all creditors that acquire title to non-owner occupied residential property following foreclosure to notify municipality and common interest community.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act requiring all creditors that acquire title to certain residential property following foreclosure to notify the municipality and any common interest community, and amending P.L.2011, c.222.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 1 of P.L.2011, c.222 (C.46:10B-51.1) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    The owner of any non-owner occupied residential property who takes title to the property as the result of a sheriff's sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure [, other than an owner who has previously provided notice to the municipality pursuant to section 17 of P.L.2008, c.127 (C.46:10B-51),] shall provide notice, within 10 business days, to the municipal clerk, or any other designated municipal official, of the municipality wherein the property is located, and to any association or common interest community, of which the residential property is a part, governed by the "Horizontal Property Act," P.L.1963, c.168 (C.46:8A-1 et seq.), the "Condominium Act," P.L.1969, c.257 (C.46:8B-1 et seq.), or "The Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act," P.L.1977, c.419 (C.45:22A-21 et seq.), providing the name and address of the owner.  If the owner is not located within New Jersey, then the owner shall designate an agent within New Jersey, including the agent's address, who is authorized to accept service of process on behalf of the property owner.

(cf: P.L.2011, c.222, s.1)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would require all creditors that acquire title to a non-owner occupied residential property as the result of a foreclosure sheriff's sale or a deed in lieu of foreclosure to provide notice of the acquisition to the municipality in which the property is located and, if applicable, the common interest community of which the property is a part.  Under current law, some owners that acquire these properties have to provide such notice, but creditors that have already provided notice to the municipality of the institution of a foreclosure action with respect to the property are exempt from this post-judgment or deed in lieu of foreclosure requirement.  This bill would eliminate that exemption to ensure that municipalities and common interest communities are made aware, in a timely manner, of all ownership changes following foreclosures.  Requiring this information to be shared with relevant parties could be of use to prospective purchasers and tenants of foreclosed residential properties who seek to confirm ownership of such properties and help address the recent problem of individuals falsely claiming to own these properties and fraudulently leasing or selling them.

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