NJ Assembly May Vote on Sub-Metering Bill

Bill #A1628, which would advance water conservation by allowing sub-metering of water and sewer service in rental housing across the state and has been long supported by the NJAA, has been posted for a vote in the New Jersey General Assembly for Monday, January 11, 2010.  In brief, the Bill would allow for installation of sub-meters and billing of tenants for water and/or sewerage service used by their unit.  Among other requirements, the use of sub-metering would have to be disclosed in the tenant's lease in a "clear and conspicuous" manner" and "in plain language" and the bills sent to the tenant would have to include certain specified information.  As it presently reads, the Bill is fair and comprehensive.  A copy of #A1628 in its present form can be found here. 

The NJ Legislature is currently in what is commonly known as its "lame-duck" session and the Assembly has a number of bills posted for consideration on 1/11/10 so it remains to be seen what, if any, action will take place on #A1628 on 1/11/10.  Yes, there would be an initial cost outlay.  However, passage of this Bill would be a positive thing for apartment owners and managers in the long run, as it would enable them to better monitor, control and recoup costs for water and sewer.  Let's hope that the Assembly gets to it and passes it and then it would be on to the New Jersey Senate.

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