40:48-2.12r Complaints, proceedings against landlord, recovery from tenant.
5. a. If during the period for which a landlord is required to give security pursuant to section 4 of P.L.1993, c.127 (C.40:48-2.12q) a substantiated complaint is recorded against the property in question, the governing body or its designee may institute proceedings against the landlord for the forfeiture or partial forfeiture of the security, for an extension as provided in subsection e. of section 4 of P.L.1993, c.127 (C.40:48-2.12q), of the period for which such security is required, or for an increase in the amount of security required, or for any or all of those purposes.
b.Any forfeiture or partial forfeiture of security shall be determined by the hearing officer solely in accordance with the amount deemed necessary to provide for the compensatory purposes set forth in subsection d. of section 4 of P.L.1993, c.127 (C.40:48-2.12q). Any decision by the hearing officer to increase the amount or extend the period of the required security shall be determined in light of the same factors set forth in subsection d. of section 4 of P.L.1993, c.127 (C.40:48-2.12q), and shall be taken only to the extent that the nature of the substantiated complaint or complaints out of which proceedings arise under this section indicates the appropriateness of such change in order to carry out the purposes of this act effectually. The decision of the hearing officer in such circumstances shall be enforceable in the same manner as provided in subsection d. of section 4 of P.L.1993, c.127 (C.40:48-2.12q).
c.A landlord may recover from a tenant any amounts of security actually forfeited as described in subsection b. of this section.
L.1993, c.127, s.5; amended 2009, c.170, s.5.
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