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Toms River recently introduced an ordinance that would require a homeowner to obtain inspections and make repairs (if required) prior to a sale of their property. The homeowner would be required to obtain a "Continuing Certificate of Occupancy" in order to close and pay a $100 fee.

The ordinance would require a physical inspection of the property and a search of township records to verify the property is in compliance with all applicable codes. A seller would apply for a CCO at least 21 days prior to closing and the town would have 14 days to inspect and either provide a report of violations or grant the CCO. Several inspectors would be hired to carry out the ordinance.

Commercial property and abandoned homes in need of repair would likely be exempted.

The measure was tabled, for now, due to objections from residents who feared the costs and delays associated with its implementation.

For more on this story, visit the Asbury Park Press website here.

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