55:13A-13.1. Retirement community; exclusion from definition of multiple dwelling; compliance with fire safety standards; self-inspection; filing checklist; certification; failure to comply; notice
a. Any retirement community as defined in the "Retirement Community Full Disclosure Act," P.L.1969, c. 215 (C. 45:22A-1 et seq.) shall be exempt from inclusion in the definition of multiple dwellings contained in paragraph (k) of section 3 of P.L.1967, c. 76 (C. 55:13A-3), provided that the retirement community complies with the basic standards relating directly to fire safety which are established for its buildings by rule or regulation of the commissioner and provided further, that the retirement community files with the commissioner, at least once every five years, as evidence of a satisfactory self-inspection, a completed checklist, which shall be provided by the commissioner, of items established under the fire safety regulations. The retirement community shall also file a certification, from the municipal fire protection subcode official or an equally competent person selected and paid by the municipality in which the retirement community is located, that the self-inspection has been properly carried out. A fee schedule for certification may be established by the municipality providing for a charge of up to $8.00 per dwelling unit for each of the first 100 units inspected and up to $5.00 per unit for each unit inspected thereafter.
b. The commissioner may require common area smoke detectors in buildings, and the retirement community may utilize detector units which are either (1) of the alternating current (AC) constantly active electric circuit type, which cannot be deactivated by the operation of any interconnected switching device and which comply with the latest NJPA-70 (National Electrical Code) requirements or (2) of the battery-powered single station type. The owners of each unit utilizing any common area shall be jointly responsible for inspecting the detector unit in the common area and for ensuring that its battery is inspected periodically and replaced at least annually.
c. If the municipality determines, as a result of the most recent self-inspection of any building or unit as required by this amendatory and supplementary act, that any building or unit does not comply with the provisions of this amendatory and supplementary act and regulations promulgated thereunder, then the municipality shall issue to the nonprofit corporation a written notice stating the manner in which a building or unit does not comply with this amendatory and supplementary act or regulations promulgated thereunder. The notice shall fix a date, not less than 60 days nor more then 180 days, upon which a building or unit shall comply with the provisions of this amendatory and supplementary act and regulations promulgated, thereunder. If building or unit does not comply with the provisions of this amendatory and supplementary act and regulations promulgated, on or before the date fixed in the notice, the municipality shall notify the commissioner, who shall enforce the provisions of P.L.1967, c. 76 (C. 55:13A-1 et seq.) against the nonprofit corporation or the unit owner thereof, based on their respective liabilities as contained in the nonprofit corporation's master deed, bylaws, and rules and regulations.
L.1983, c. 154, s. 2, eff. April 22, 1983.
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