DCA Releases Tenth Edition of the Truth-in-Renting Booklet
January 3, 2011
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has issued an update to its Truth-in-Renting booklet. The update, released this January, revises the text to the Tenth Edition  from the Ninth Edition .
The booklet is available online in a searchable, printable, and free format. It is not yet available in print; however, print copies will soon be made available for order directly from the DCA.
The Truth-in-Renting Act (P.L. 1975, c. 310) requires property owners to distribute a copy of the DCA prepared Truth-in-Renting Guide to each new resident. Property Owners must also keep copies of the most current edition available in an area where residents “can easily find it.” The DCA suggests that property owners retain some documentation of having given the booklet to each new resident (often tenants are asked to sign in the lease that they received a copy). A fine of $100 for each offense can be assessed against a property owner for noncompliance with this rule.