[First Reprint]

SENATE, No. 1368

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

220th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 3, 2022

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  NICHOLAS P. SCUTARI

District 22 (Middlesex, Somerset and Union)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires business owners and rental unit owners to maintain certain liability insurance policies.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As amended by the Senate on March 24, 2022.

  


An Act requiring liability insurance for business owners and rental unit owners and supplementing Title 17 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  Except as provided in subsection b. of this section, the owner of a business or the owner of a rental unit or units shall maintain liability insurance for negligent acts and omissions in an amount of no less than $500,000 for combined property damage and bodily injury to or death of one or more persons in any one accident or occurrence.

     b.    The owner of a multifamily home which is four or fewer units, one of which is owner-occupied, shall maintain liability insurance for negligent acts and omissions in an amount of no less than $300,000 for combined property damage and bodily injury to or death of one or more persons in any one accident or occurrence.

 

     1[2.  This act shall take effect on the 90th day next following enactment and shall apply to policies issued or renewed on or after the effective date of this act.]1

 

     12.   a.  The owner of a business, owner of a rental unit or units, and the owner of a multi-family home of four or fewer units, one of which is owner occupied, shall annually register the certificate of insurance demonstrating compliance with section 1 of this act, on an Internet website maintained by the Division of Local Government Services in the Department of Community Affairs.  The Division of Local Government Services shall maintain the Internet website for the purposes of data entry, and to provide access to relevant data on insurance coverage to each municipality in the State for properties in the specific municipality.

     b.    The governing body of a municipality may, by ordinance, elect to enforce the registration requirements established pursuant to subsection a. of this section for properties located in that municipality.  If the governing body of a municipality elects to enforce the registration provisions of this section, then the municipality may collect, through a summary proceeding pursuant to the “Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999,” P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.), a fine of not less than $500 but no more than $5,000 against an owner who failed to comply with the provisions of this act.

     c.     If a governing body of a municipality, by ordinance, elects not to enforce the registration requirements established pursuant to
subsection a. of this section, the Division of Local Government Services shall enforce the provisions of this act and shall collect, through a summary proceeding pursuant to the “Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999,” P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.), a fine of not less than $500 but no more than $5,000 against an owner who failed to comply with the provisions of this act.1

 

     13.   a.  The provisions of subsection a. of section 1 of this act shall take effect on the 90th day next following enactment for all new policies issued on or after the 90th day following enactment and shall take effect on the 180th day next following enactment for all policies in force on the date of enactment that are renewed on or after the 180th day following enactment.

     b.    The provisions of subsection b. of section 1 of this act shall take effect on the 180th day next following enactment and shall apply to policies issued or renewed on or after the 180th day following enactment.

     c.     The provisions of section 2 of this act shall take effect on the 90th day next following enactment.1