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Your current address
Your Fax and or Email:
Address for your municipality
RE: Open Public Records Act Request for: property you are purchasing, NJ,
Please accept this letter as my official request for public records under N.J.S.A 47:1A-1 et seq the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA). I am aware OPRA requires you, as the custodian of the municipal records to: Respond to and usually fulfill this OPRA request within seven business days as required by the law and that I do NOT have to appear to personally inspect the records as per instructions provided in the Citizen’s Guide To OPRA shown at http://NJ.Gov/grc/public/citizens.
Time is of the essence because I am under contract to purchase: address of property you are purchasing, New Jersey. Your co-operation in providing the records as quickly as possible is important.
I am requesting copies of records the municipality possesses especially those records maintained by the specific departments listed below relating to the subject property by example but not limited to the records maintained by the:
Construction Code Enforcement: (especially documents required to be kept by N.J.A.C. 5:23 Uniform Construction Code including all permits, inspections, approvals and violations).
Tax office: including current property tax record information indicating the number of rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms as well as lot size including the property tax history.
Health department: including any records of water wells and on site sanitary disposal systems indicating the number of bedrooms the systems are designed for if they are still in use.
Please call me at: your phone number within seven business days, as required by law to make arrangements for delivery of copies of the documents.
Thank you for your assistance and co-operation.