BAYONNE -- Earlier this year, when the Bayonne Council yanked its reform of the city’s rent control ordinance, it failed to renew the old ordinance, leaving thousands of residents in the city vulnerable to large rent increases.
City Attorney Charles D’Amico had developed a reform that would have allowed landlords to opt out of rent control if they performed certain city-approved improvements to the property.
Outraged renters forced the city council to withdraw the ordinance, but the council failed to renew the old one, so landlords can raise rents without needing to sent Rent Control Board approval until a new ordinance is passed.
“As we understand it, there is no ordinance in place,” said City Business Administrator Steve Gallo.
D’Amico said the city law department is working on a new ordinance that it hopes to have in place by the end of the year.