Robert C. Griffin, Esq.
Robert C. Griffin is a Partner of the firm. His major areas of practice are Community Association Law and Litigation. He also handles Business Start-ups, Commercial Law, Fair Housing and Discrimination issues; Labor Law; Rights of the Disabled; Land Use; Real Estate Transactions; Wills and Trusts; and, Municipal Court.
Mr. Griffin represents community associations, providing guidance through the transition process from developer to homeowner control, and serves as general counsel for community associations. Mr. Griffin appears before Planning and Zoning Boards in support of community association applications, and in opposition to development applications contrary to client interests. He also appears in municipal court when community associations are cited for violations.
A litigator throughout his entire career, Mr. Griffin oversees the firm’s community association construction defect litigation cases; and, large non-community association litigation matters.
Since 2002, Mr. Griffin has served on the Board of Trustees for Community Access Unlimited, a non-profit corporation which assists people with disabilities in living successfully in the community, and was the President of the Board from 2008 - 2010. He is a member of the faculty at the Union County Police Academy; and, he has lectured and written articles for the Community Associations Institute, nationally and for the New Jersey Chapter.
Mr. Griffin is admitted to practice in New Jersey, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, New York and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Griffin is a graduate of Seton Hall University, School of Law (J.D. 1983) and Marist College (B.S. 1977).
Mr. Griffin is a member of the America Bar Association; the New Jersey Bar Association; the New York Bar Association; the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Community Associations Institute - New Jersey Chapter.
Mr. Griffin is also a Mediator through the New Jersey Community Associations Institute (CAI).
News & Announcements
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION ALERT: IMPORTANT UPDATES TO THE RADBURN ACT
May 28, 2020
Last week, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (“DCA”) adopted regulations and alterations to its rules regarding implementation of the Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act (“PREDFDA”) and the Radburn Amendments (N.J.A.C. § 5:26-1.1, et seq.). As a result of these updates, immediate changes regarding how community associations operate have come into effect.
UPDATE – PENNSYLVANIA ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER FURTHER RESTRICTING THE COMMENCEMENT OF CERTAIN ACTIONS RELATED TO THE DISPOSSESSION OF PROPERTY, INCLUDING FORECLOSURES
May 26, 2020
On May 7, 2020, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania issued an Executive Order that further stayed actions concerning the dispossession of certain real property in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The moratorium on foreclosures and evictions proceedings that would have been lifted on May 11, 2020, has now been extended to July 10, 2020.
Executive Order 147 – Further Openings With Restrictions
May 20, 2020
Another day, another Executive Order. These newer Executive Orders being received, however, are a great step toward the re-opening of the State of New Jersey. We look forward now to further openings. Below are those businesses/activities allowed to open under the newest Executive Order, published yesterday on the Governor’s website today:
EXECUTIVE ORDER 142 – GOVERNOR BEGINS TO OPEN NEW JERSEY NON-ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION, NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL STORES AND GATHERINGS BY VEHICLE
May 18, 2020
The Governor for the State of New Jersey has issued another Executive Order. We all are hoping that this pandemic will come to an end soon. This Executive Order is a step toward reopening. Executive Order 142 authorizes the reopening of some non-essential businesses or operations, with the restrictions set forth in the Order.
Urge Governor Murphy to Sign Renter Assistance Bill
May 15, 2020
The Assembly and the Senate have unanimously passed a bill that creates the “2020 New Jersey Emergency Rental Assistance Program.” The bill is entitled S-2332/A-3956. Our office previously posted a blog about the date that this was passed unanimously in the Assembly and Senate, as it was a large calendar for the Legislature filled with COVID-19 related bills. You can read our prior blog below.
NY Executive Order Extending Moratorium
May 14, 2020
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 health pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order Number 202.28 on May 7, 2020. As per the terms of the Executive Order, the state’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium was extended sixty (60) days beginning on June 20, 2020 and will expire on August 20, 2020. During this time period, no eviction or foreclosure action may be initiated or resumed for nonpayment of rental or mortgage payments, by someone that is eligible for unemployment insurance or benefits under state or federal law or otherwise facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. In addition, the moratorium on evictions against those who have financial hardship because of COVID-19 will be delayed through August 20. This leaves the question open as to whether the Courts will process warrants for eviction to execute against tenants against whom a landlord had a judgment prior to the pandemic after the original June 20 moratorium deadline. Furthermore, from March 20, 2020 through August 20, 2020, no landlord can demand or be entitled to a late fee payment for a tenant’s late payment of his/her rent. Despite mounting pressure to do so, Governor Cuomo did not go as far as to cancel rent outright.
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