Some of New Jersey’s statutes reflect some common sense things that property owners probably shouldn’t have to be told about, but are.
One of those is N.J.S.A. 2C:40-1, Creating a Hazard.
Under this law, it’s a disorderly persons offense, comparable to a misdemeanor, for a property owner or occupant to engage in any of three types of conduct.
First, keeping a container like a discarded chest freezer or other container with a compartment that will automatically lock when closed and can’t easily be opened from the inside is considered to be a hazard unless the container is kept within an enclosed building.
When discarding such an item, removal of the door, lid, or locking device is one way to avoid being in violation.
Having an uncovered well or cesspool on your property is also a violation of 2C:40-1, as is discarding or abandoning an intact television picture tube in a place where children may find it, even if those children are trespassing on the property.
It’s likely that charges under Creating a Hazard would begin as code violations, so respond to any citations and take action early to avoid additional penalties for Creating a Hazard charges.
If you’re battling local government over conditions on a property you maintain or are facing charges under 2C:40-1, call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation.