Under a state law that took effect Sunday for Chestnut Ridge alone, residents can put their names and addresses to the state cease and desist list.
Those who sign up are telling real estate brokers that under penalty of fines and loss of license, they can’t send mail, call, knock on doors, email, text or in anyway communicate an interest to sell the person’s home.
Homeowners may add their names to the cease-and-desist list by registering on the Department of State website or by requesting and completing a registration form.
The Department of State will publish the first list on Sept. 1, with updates monthly. The State Department will begin enforcing law after Oct. 1. The penalty for sending an unlawful solicitation can range from a reprimand to a fine up to $1,000 or license suspension or revocation.
Many residents cited the rapid expansion of the Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox Jewish community as a driving force behind the pressure they felt to sell.
The Department of State created a cease-and-desist zone in Chestnut Ridge to protect homeowners from overly aggressive real estate sellers and home buyers. The state ruling came after a public hearing in September 2016 at Rockland Community College during which dozens of residents complained they felt they were being harassed to sell their homes.
Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, D-Suffern, called for the public hearing in 2016 leading up to the state order.
“I am pleased by the thorough review DOS conducted of concrete evidence collected and submitted by residents and its positive response to the numerous concerns they have raised,” Jaffee stated in a press release. “The cease and desist zones will ensure that homeowners in Chestnut Ridge can enjoy their homes free from harassment.”
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