55:13A-11. Conversion or alteration of existing buildings; exception from regulations; written notice to occupants of exceptions which affect safety
(a) Upon the application of the owner of any hotel or multiple dwelling, or any building not constructed for use as a hotel or multiple dwelling but which has been or shall be converted or altered to such use, the commissioner may grant exceptions from the literal requirements of any regulation issued pursuant to sections 7 and 8 of this act. No such exceptions shall be granted in any particular case unless the commissioner shall find: (1) that strict compliance with any such regulation, if required, would result in undue hardship to such owner; and (2) that the exception, if granted, will not unreasonably jeopardize the health, safety and welfare of intended occupants and the public generally.
(b) An application for an exception pursuant to this section shall be filed in writing with the commissioner, and shall set forth specifically: (1) a statement of the requirements of the regulation from which an exception is sought; (2) a statement of the manner by which strict compliance with said regulation would result in undue hardship; (3) a statement of the nature and extent of such undue hardship; and (4) a statement of feasible alternatives to the requirements of the regulation which would adequately protect the health, safety and welfare of the occupants or intended occupants and the public generally.
(c) Within the 30 days next succeeding the receipt by the commissioner of an application for an exception, the commissioner shall grant or deny said application by written order, stating therein the reason or reasons for the grant or denial of said application. The commissioner shall maintain records of all applications for exceptions, and the action taken thereon, and shall make such records reasonably available for public inspection.
(d) The owner of each hotel or of each multiple dwelling granted an exception to any regulation which shall be deemed to affect the safety of the occupants of the structure by the commissioner shall provide to every applicant or occupant of such hotel or multiple dwelling a written notice citing the specific regulation for which an exception has been granted and stating the exceptions thereto granted by the commissioner to the owner of such hotel or multiple dwelling. Such written notice shall, in the case of a hotel or motel, be posted in a prominent place freely accessible to the occupants and to the general public, and, in the case of a multiple dwelling, such written notice shall be attached to the lease of each affected dwelling unit, and, in the case of a school dormitory, such written notice shall be attached to the housing agreement of each affected housing unit. In the case of exceptions granted to common areas in a multiple dwelling or in a school dormitory, such written notice shall be attached to all leases or housing agreements, as appropriate.
L.1967, c. 76, s. 11, eff. May 31, 1967. Amended by L.1979, c. 65, s. 1.
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