Charu Mehta, Esq..
Charu Mehta is an Associate of the firm who concentrates her practice on matters involving Community Association Law and New Jersey Landlord/Tenant Law.
Prior to joining Griffin Alexander, P.C., Ms. Mehta completed a one-year clerkship at the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, where she provided essential legal research to administrative judges for a variety of practice areas, such as civil service and special education.
Ms. Mehta is a graduate of Rutgers Law School (J.D. 2018). While in law school, Charu was Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review. She also was a clinic associate in the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic where she worked directly with her own clients and provided transactional legal services to start-ups and small businesses in New Jersey.
Ms. Mehta is a currently a member of the New Jersey Bar Association. She is also a graduate of Rutgers University (B.A. 2015, Economics and Political Science).
News & Announcements
ONLINE SALES IN NEW JERSEY
December 13, 2019
Over the years, an increasing number of shoppers purchase products online. This reality is especially true during the holiday season. While many buyers make these purchases through large retailers or companies with offices all over the country (e.g., Amazon.com, Target.com), many people still purchase from individuals who post advertisements online. With that in mind, it is essential that consumers be aware of what obstacles they may face when buying a faulty product from an out-of-state seller.
Using Fines and Penalties Fairly in a Community
December 12, 2019
Rules and regulations are part of community association living, and as everyone knows, Rules and Regulations are useful only if enforced. Back in the early days of community association law, enforcement proceedings typically did not include the right to issue fines. Enforcement was by way of injunction. That turned out to be unreasonably expensive and impractical. To have to bring a matter to the Court over someone parking in the wrong place, for example, was unhelpful in the extreme. Fortunately, the industry learned from its mistakes and began to include the right to issue fines, as an alternative to litigation. It may be hard to explain to some people that the ability to issue fines is a money-saving mechanism that inures to the benefit of both the Unit Owner and the Association, but it’s true.
REDUCING THE CHARGE FOR ELECTRIC CARS
November 18, 2019
Fully-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are becoming more-and-more popular. At the same time, would-be drivers find themselves encountering more legal “potholes” en route to owning fuel-efficient cars. One such barrier is the fact that many community associations in New Jersey do not permit the installation of electric charging stations. However, proposed bills indicate that there may be some legal changes on the horizon.
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.
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