Brian Griffin, Esq.
Brian Griffin is an Associate of the firm who concentrates his practice on matters involving Community Association Law, Commercial and Residential Landlord/Tenant Law and Land Use.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Griffin worked as a full-time law clerk in our office, while attending law school in the evenings for four years. He assisted our attorneys on matters related to our firm’s practice of landlord/tenant law and community association law. He assisted Shareholders of the firm by preparing for court appearances, Planning Board hearings, meetings, negotiations, conferences and seminars.
Mr. Griffin has been on CAI Committees for the past two years, including the F.A.S.T. (Future All-Star Team) and the Editorial Committee.
Mr. Griffin is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School (J.D. 2019) and is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association. He also is a graduate of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He has a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a Business Minor (B.A. 2014).
News & Announcements
October 7, 2019
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
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.
MAINTENANCE OF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FIRE HYDRANTS
October 2, 2019
In some municipalities, fire hydrants are the main, if not the only, supply of water available to Fire Departments when battling fires. So why do such few people think about who is responsible to ensure that the hydrants are working properly and efficiently? The Legislature helped to resolve this question when it enacted N.J.S.A. 58:31-1, also known as the Water Quality Accountability Act (WQAA), which was made effective on October 19, 2017. With the overall goal of improving the safety, reliability and administrative oversight of water infrastructure, this law established new requirements for inspection and maintenance of fire hydrants by water purveyors.
HOW GRIFFIN ALEXANDER, P.C. CAN ASSIST IN CONDO AND HOA BOARD TRANSITIONS
October 2, 2019
A successful transition is one in which the owner-controlled board works with the developer to ensure appropriate governance, adequate financial resources, and a properly designed and constructed community before the developer steps away from the community. Starting a Condominium or Homeowners association from the ground up can be a difficult task, but you can rest assured knowing that the experienced attorneys of Griffin Alexander, P.C. can provide dedicated and thorough assistance in the transition of your Condo or Homeowners Associations’ Board from beginning to end.
DOCUMENT PREPARATION SERVICES FOR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
October 2, 2019
The formation of a community association, whether it be a condominium or a homeowners association, can be complex. The creation of the Governing Documents is especially an essential and integral aspect during formation. The purpose of a community association’s governing documents is to provide for the legal structure and operation of the community. Normally, the documents included within are a recorded plan, Declaration or Master Deed, Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations. Membership of the community association is automatic when one purchases property within the association and creates a binding relationship between each owner and the association. Since the governing documents establish the mechanisms for governing and funding the association’s operations, as well as define the rights and obligations of both the association and its owners, it is imperative to ensure that they are well written and all-inclusive.
THE FUTURE OF SHORT-TERM RENTAL IN JERSEY CITY
September 5, 2019
A rise in the popularity of Airbnb and other short-term on-line marketing rental sites has allowed homeowners and renters to rent properties on a short-term basis and to reap significant financial rewards. That financial reward has allowed cities who passed laws to accommodate short-term rentals to realize increased tax revenue. While for most this has been a win-win situation, there has also been a downside to this growing trend. The rise in short-term rentals has had both a negative and a positive impact, depending on which side of the issue you favor. In general, the practice of short-term rental has increased the cost of rent and decreased the availability of residences to rent in urban cities on a long-term basis. Those engaged in the short-term rental business have realized a revenue source that has proven very lucrative. Landlords, on the other hand, have had to deal with the consequences of short-term rentals.
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