Safe Homes

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Safe Homes Program, Property Maintenance, and Zoning in Summit

Safe Homes Program

Report a Concern
  • Contact the City’s Safe Homes Inspector in person, by phone (908-273-6408), or by using the Report-a-Concern function when conditions are noted or questions arise regarding the safe and legal use of a residential property.
    • Leave a name and contact number for the City to reach you with follow-up questions or a status report.
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Download the Truth in Renting Guide to better understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant or landlord.

The reference guide includes information about lease agreements; payment and collection of rent; habitability; evictions; senior citizens and protected tenants; foreclosures; security deposits; and other topics pertaining to residential tenancies in New Jersey.  

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Download the Tenants' Rights in New Jersey guide to better understand your rights as a renter in New Jersey.

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Down load the Habitability Bulletin.  This bulletin provides basic information about the responsibilities of landlords and tenants for maintaining rental units. Many citizens of the State reside in dwelling units that fail to meet minimum standards of safety and sanitation. Tenants have a right to safe, sanitary and habitable housing in New Jersey.

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Zoning Issues

  • The Zoning Ordinance lists the permitted uses for properties throughout the City, including parking and also regulates things such as signs, sheds, patios and decks, curbs and sidewalks and fences, as well as shrubs.
  • Contact the City’s Zoning Officer in person or by phone.
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Property Maintenance

  • The City’s Property Maintenance Code requires owners and occupants to maintain their dwellings and properties in good repair.
  • “Good repair” includes such items as exterior paint and trim, siding, yard care and debris control.
  • Inquiries should be made to the Department of Community Services Code Enforcement Officer.
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