Stack: Attorney fee bill puts tenants on level playing field with landlords

TRENTON – The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee released several bills unanimously Monday.

They included:

*S2018, a bill requiring landlords to pay attorney’s fees for tenants if the lease reserves the landlord the same right.

Sen. Brian Stack (D-33) said the bill puts tenants on “a level playing field” competing against abusive landlords who tend to sue tenants.

*S1694, a bill permitting counties to share county tax administrators. The New Jersey Association of Counties supports the bill. However, the New Jersey Tax Administrators Association opposed the bill.

Martin Mull, president of the New Jersey Association of Tax Boards, doubts the bill would save much money, saying “Sonny Coreleone had a better shot at the toll booth.”

But Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1) of Dennis, said the bill is strictly permissive.

“It’s just another option,” he said. “This does not mandate it.”

Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12) of Old Bridge, also pointed out, “It’s going to take two to tango.”

Stack: Attorney fee bill puts tenants on level playing field with landlords