MONTCLAIR, NJ – The Township of Montclair has claimed the victory in a months-long court battle against the Montclair Property Owners Association.

According to published reports, Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Beacham has ruled in favor of the Township of Montclair in the Montclair Property Owners Association suit seeking a referendum election to repeal Montclair's new rent control ordinance. An injunction that has kept the ordinance from going into effect since April 17, 2020 terminates Friday, January 15.

In the proceedings, Judge Jeffrey B. Beacham upheld Municipal Clerk Angelese Bermudez Nieves' determination that the petition and supplementary petition filed by the MPOA were insufficient, which ended efforts to place the rent control ordinance on the ballot.

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With the ruling favoring Montclair Township, the rent control ordinance will now go into effect. Township officials sought to establish a comprehensive program of rent regulation.The ordinance was approved on April 7, 2020, but the legal challenges prevented the ordinance from taking effect. 

The Montclair Tenants Organization and other tenants and landlords had been actively supporting the Township, in their efforts.