ROSELAND, NJ — Due to substantial rent hikes at Everly Roseland (formerly Nob Hill) along with extra charges and fees, senior Everly Roseland resident Gerald Goldberg told the Roseland Borough Council on Tuesday that many older adults in this complex are being forced to move.
Goldberg asked the council members whether they would be in favor of rent control. All members indicated that they were open to this idea, although Councilman Richard Leonard indicated that he would prefer not to go down this route.
“I prefer individual residents working things out with owners, but I am open to rent control if needed,” said Leonard.
Councilman Thomas Tsilionis said he is looking for a way to provide housing security for the senior community in Roseland. He added that he is mindful of the situation currently facing seniors living on fixed incomes in Everly Roseland, including the challenge many residents face of paying for the new ownership’s mandatory fees for a clubhouse and pool.
“This is putting a strain on you,” said Tsilionis. “We’re in favor of rent control, and we will try to help you as a municipality.”
Leonard said the complex’s association should have the residents meet with the owners first.
“I don’t always want government controlling my future and financial life,” said Leonard.
Goldberg said that Nob Hill residents did not have these problems with under the previous ownership.
“The Segals were honorable people,” said Goldberg, who added that the new Everly owners “are hard to deal with.”
Tsilionis said dozens of people have complained about this situation, but that there has been minimal response from the new owners.
“A lot of people affected by this situation are seniors,” he said. “It is not easy for them to move.”
Mayor John Duthie said that action to help these seniors should be taken, as long as it is “within our rights as a borough.”
To read more about this meeting, where the council authorized spending $580,000 on capital improvements for the borough and the acquisition of a vehicle for the Water and Sewer Department, click HERE.
The next public council meeting will be held on Sept. 18.