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March 3, 2011

Office of The Attorney General
- Paula T. Dow, Attorney General
Division on Civil Rights
- Chinh Q. Le, Director

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Division on Civil Rights Announces Record Compliance by Landlords with State’s Multiple Dwelling Reporting Rule

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TRENTON – Division on Civil Rights Director Chinh Q. Le announced today that a record 88 percent of multiple-dwelling rental property owners required to do so have submitted, on-time, annual reports containing demographic data about their housing applicants and leaseholders.

However, Le also noted that many others among some 3,500 multiple-dwelling owners required to submit the on-line reports missed the January 31 deadline, and have still not complied.

Le reminded owners that the on-line reports are mandatory under New Jersey’s Multiple Dwelling Reporting Rule (MDRR). He said owners who have not yet submitted their annual reports face increased filing fees, as well as possible Division-imposed financial penalties, if they continue to delay or fail to file.

“We are delighted that the rate of timely compliance with our multiple dwelling reporting rule continues to improve each year,” said Le, noting that last year’s rate of timely compliance was 86 percent. “These on-line MDRR reports help us ensure that landlords are opening their apartment buildings to all eligible persons. They also allow us to identify and investigate potential patterns of discrimination. We urge any property owners who have not yet met their MDRR reporting obligation to do so as soon as possible.”

The MDRR reports are due by or before January 31 of each year. Demographic information contained in the reports must encompass the prior calendar year. In addition to providing data on the racial and ethnic make-up of their rental populations and pools of housing applicants, landlords must also furnish information concerning the degree of access they provide to persons with disabilities.

According to Le, compliance by property owners with the January 31 filing deadline has increased steadily each year since 2003, when the Division -- as a means of addressing a 30 percent rate of timely compliance --- stepped up its enforcement efforts.

In 2008, the Division began requiring that property owners file the MDRR reports on-line, which is also believed to have helped increase timely compliance. Previously, property owners had the option of filing either on-line, by mail or by fax.

Today, property owners must complete their annual MDRR reports using the WebMDRR filing application available on the Division's Web site at www.NJCivilRights.gov.

Le noted that the ease and efficiency of on-line filing provides considerable cost savings to both property owners and the Division. He said the Division believes that increased familiarity with the system probably contributed to this year's record compliance. The Division plans on further enhancing its on-line filing services by enabling property owners to report changes in status, such as address and ownership, via the Web.

Multiple-dwelling property owners who do not file their MDRR reports on time are subject to increasing late filing fees of $100, $250, or $500 if their reports are not filed by February 15, March 1, or March 31, respectively.

Property owners who have not filed by April 30 may be served an Order to Show Cause for their failure to file, and are subject to a penalty in an amount designated by the Director.

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