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THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND ITS IMPENDING EFFECT ON LANDLORDS

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. March 24, 2020 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

By now, most states have instituted mandatory rules requiring non-essential people to work from home.  In many cases, some workers have been afforded this convenience, however there are many that have lost employment.   In all cases, one major concern has been the ability of many individuals and families to continuing making rent payments to landlords.

Pennsylvania Covid-19 Update Landlord/Tenant Court

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. March 20, 2020 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

In response to Covid-19, on March 18, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Western District has issued an Order directing that all Pennsylvania courts are closed to the public from March 20, 2020 through at least April 3, 2020. With regard to landlord/tenant court matters, it was directed that during the period encompassed by the Order or the judicial emergency, whichever is longer, “no officer, official, or other person employed by the Pennsylvania Judiciary at any level shall effectuate an eviction, ejectment, or other displacement from a residence based upon the failure to make a rent, loan, or other similar payment. Nothing herein is intended to preclude requests for orders of possession resulting from judgments entered in landlord-tenant actions to be filed by mail. However, any execution on an order of possession is stayed to a date on or after April 3, 2020, subject to further orders.” Further, all time calculations for purposes of time computation relevant to court cases or other judicial business, as well as time deadlines, are also suspended through April 3, 2020.  

Landlord/Tenant Legislation: COVID-19 Response

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. March 19, 2020 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

The Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee advanced a number of bills to address the COVID-19 crisis. Senator Joe Cryan proposed a bill to the Assembly, A-3859/S-2276, which introduced a moratorium on evictions of tenants. The Senate held a Judiciary Committee Meeting and a Senate Voting Session today to vote on these proposed this bill. The Senate made a unanimous decision to pass the bill into law. The new law, in summary, states the following:

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS AND THE CORONAVIRUS

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. March 17, 2020 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

As a result of COVID-19, a.k.a. the “Coronavirus,” over the past few days and weeks, we have seen states and the Federal government taking more and more action to curb its spread. As infection and death rates increase, governments encourage quarantine measures, businesses increasingly permit employees to work from home, and more-and-more people choose to self-quarantine, community associations must plan for how they are going to combat the virus.

HUD REGULATIONS PREEMPT NJ ANTI-EVICTION ACT

By Stephanie Wiegand, Esq. March 2, 2020 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

In a recent Superior Court decision, the New Jersey court in Summit Plaza Assocs. v. Kolta explored the parameters of the federal preemption doctrine in the context of a landlord/tenant action. The Court held that the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations expressly preempt state law and that preemption is warranted as the regulations served similar federal and state interests in maintaining the availability of low-income housing. HUD’s Section 8 program was designed to enable the government to assist low income families with their rent by paying a subsidy directly to the landlord.

BILL PASSED IN NEW JERSEY REGARDING WHEN TENANTS ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE PAYMENTS AFTER EVICTION AND/OR LOCKOUT

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. January 17, 2020 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

A new bill titled NJ S3124, was signed into law by Governor Phil Murphy on January 13, 2020. This bill requires landlords to allow tenants to pay rent up to three business days after an eviction order or lockout is executed and requires landlords to accept rent payments by any means.

New Legislation Regarding Tenants Payments to Landlords in New Jersey

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. January 15, 2020 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

The new bill is titled S1493 Sca (1R) and it was signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday, January 13, 2020.   Generally, the new legislation aims at landlords who require renters to agree to automatic monthly debit payments as a condition of entering a new lease or renewing a lease.  The new legislation prohibits landlords from requiring residential tenants to pay rent and other related charges through electronic funds transfer and it requires landlords to provide receipts for cash payments. 

New York Housing Right to Counsel

By Stephanie Wiegand, Esq. January 13, 2020 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

New York City has established a city-funded right to counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction proceedings. The right to counsel law, Local Law 136 of 2017, amended the New York City Administrative Code § 26-1301 et seq.  The law now requires New York City to build up the capacity of the City’s nonprofit legal services organizations over five years so that by 2022, the nonprofit organizations will be able to provide attorney representation for every low-income household in New York City that is subject to eviction in Housing Court.

GOOD-GUY GUARANTEES

October 7, 2019 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

Good-Guy Guarantees are a staple of business rental agreements in New York. 

The purpose of a Good-Guy Guarantee is twofold. It allows a tenant to maintain limited rent liability. Simultaneously, it provides tenants with an additional incentive to avoid defaulting on the lease. It is essential that the Good-Guy Guarantee is adapted appropriately.

NEW ORDINANCE IN HOBOKEN LIMITS LANDLORD'S ABILITY TO PASS ON LARGE TAX SURCHARGES TO TENANTS

October 2, 2019 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

Prior to this recent amendment, Hoboken’s Rent Control Ordinance included a provision that allowed landlords with rental properties subject to rent control to pass on large tax surcharges to tenants based on property tax increases dating back to 1988, regardless of when the landlord acquired the property. 

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