Judge to Dismiss Property Owners Lawsuit

Judge to Dismiss Property Owners Lawsuit
Posted on 01/26/2021
Judge to Dismiss Property Owners Lawsuit

Agrees to stay the order until February 19

Superior Court Judge Jeffrey B. Beacham stated today that he would sign an order dismissing the lawsuit brought against the Township of Montclair by the Montclair Property Owners Association. The ruling would end the Association’s challenge to the Township’s rent control ordinance.

Judge Beacham agreed to stay the order until February 19 when the Montclair Property Owners Association will argue that the judge should reconsider his ruling.

Montclair Property Owners Association attorney Charles Gormally admitted that the Association’s members wanted to hold off the effective date of the ordinance so that landlords could raise rents by more than 10 percent on vacant apartments before the ordinance could take effect.

"Enacting common sense rent control is important to maintaining the diversity of our township," said Mayor Sean M. Spiller. "We are pleased that today we moved one step closer seeing it become an attainable goal."

A hearing will be held on February 19 on the motion for reconsideration.