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JAMA 100 Years Ago
June 1, 2005


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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(21):2672. doi:10.1001/jama.293.21.2672-a

The State Board of Tenement House Supervision of New Jersey has reason to be proud of the record it has made during the first twelve months of its existence. During this time it has assumed control of the tenement houses, old and new, throughout the state and the inspection of all plans for proposed tenement houses, the latter being defined as a single building housing more than two families. According to the report of the secretary [Charles J. Allen], more than three thousand notices of violation of the law have been served on landlords, all of which have been obeyed. Plans for buildings representing over three and a half millions’ expenditure have been approved, and 25 per cent. of all plans examined rejected. All this has been accomplished with only one resort to the courts, the serving of a peremptory order with a notice of the penalty following non-compliance having been sufficient in all the other cases. Incidentally, the board has been a valuable aid to health officials in small communities, hampered in their efforts by the fear of offending local politicians.

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