Clark Council Adopts Ordinance to Address Abandoned Properties


CLARK, NJ – The Clark Town Council adopted an ordinance effective June 28, 2017 requiring the owners of vacant and abandoned properties in the township to file a registration statement with the town clerk.   This statement must include contact information for the property owner and any property manager.   

This ordinance applies to both residential and commercial properties. The registration statement carries an initial fee of $500, then a renewal fee of $1500 in the first year, $3K in the second year and $5K annually starting in year three.

According to Clark’s Business Administrator John Laezza, NJ law gives the town the right to put this ordinance in place.    He indicated that it will give the township quick access to the parties responsible for maintaining a property.

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“Once a property is abandoned or foreclosed on, it often becomes neglected.   Before you know it the place looks lousy and no one wants to clean it up,” said Laezza.

Prior to this ordinance, Laezza indicated DPW would tend to these properties, and then the town would issue a lien on the property.    “This (ordinance) will allow us to keep our town clean,” he said.

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