Bar Owner Pays For Previous Owner’s Mistakes

"We're kind of forced to pay the piper on these charges, because you don't get a clean slate when a license transfers," Nelson said last month, after he and city officials arrived at an accommodation of sorts.

This story is all too common. A Trenton, NJ bar owner will have to pay for the previous owner's violations because of the way his city's liquor license laws operate. To be clear, we don't take a stance on the law. We just advise businesses to always pay close attention to the licensing status of their new acquisitions. Who knows what they'll find when they conduct a business license gap analysis.