I can not believe how the Federal Goverment does not pay much attention to what the State Goverment does, as the State Goverment does not pay "ANY" attention to what the town municipalities are doing.
I am a realtor, and I have run across some real shady goings on in some of these towns. When a resident sells their home they must get a C of O (certificate of occupancy). They were established many many years ago, for safety reasons. The town C of O officer would come out to make sure smoke detectors were placed properly, railings on banisters were present and secure, etc.
Many years ago, in Keansburg NJ, the town officer started failing people for having dark painted rooms and old carpet. First they would charge the seller (homeowner) about $25. for the inspection. Then when they found things that they refused to accept, they'd make them fix the items, and order another re-inspection for another $25. This, of course, had to be on their time schedule (maybe 2 more weeks or more). This in turn would cause a major problem with the sale of the house, as it would postpone the closing and the buyers were packed and ready to move. Then the buyers and sellers would start fighting.
Especially in a town like Keansburg, many of the home sales were people who didn't have the money to REPAINT THE INTERIOR OF THEIR HOUSE, OR PUT IN BRAND NEW CARPETING.
Disgusted by this and the fact that the C of O inspector had an attitude like he was GOD and would really mess with you if you complained, I finally wrote a letter to the governer. These goings on were wrong.
2 months later I received a letter from the governor's office saying "we have no jurisdiction over township C of O's".
Well, here it is 6 years later, and today I visited the C of O office in Keansburg. They now hand out a paper saying OFFICER HOURS: ONLY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY - (9:00am to 12:00). For an inspection scheduled more than 10 days from now $125.00.
For an inspection between 4 and 10 days from now $150.00. For a 4 day inspection $200.
AND OF COURSE THEY WILL FAIL YOU, AND THEN YOU'LL HAVE TO ORDER A REINSPECTION AND PAY MORE MONEY.
Well, I'm tired so I am going to turn in now. But I'd like to see these townships completely overhauled by the Federal government......................AND FIRE THESE JERKOFF C OF O INSPECTORS!!!