NJ lawmakers crack down on overcrowded homesPosted: Updated:
New Jersey lawmakers have passed a bill that will punish any landlord who rents a home to too many people.
The bill was passed by a state Senate committee this week. Brick Mayor Stephen Acropolis says his township is already taking steps to crack down on the problem by putting code enforcers on the lookout for overcrowded homes.
?If you have somebody that?s renting a house, and you have 15 or 20 people in the house ? if there?s a fire, God forbid ... you?re gonna have 8 or 10 people dying in that house,? says Acropolis.
The bill?s opponents say the crackdown is unfair to immigrants. Brick leaders, however, say they are not targeting any particular ethnic group and are just trying to keep residents out of danger.