Connor M. Lawrence, Esq.
Connor M. Lawrence is an Associate Attorney whose area of practice includes New Jersey Landlord/Tenant Law.
Mr. Lawrence graduated from Seton Hall University (B.A., cum laude, 2018) and New York Law School (J.D. 2022). While in law school, Mr. Lawrence served as a member of the law school’s Center for Real Estate Studies (2021-2022). In addition, Mr. Lawrence served as a member of New York Law School’s Conservation Law and Policy Clinic, a clinical course focused on the legal and policy issues related to The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) work in both the public and private arenas. In this clinic, Mr. Lawrence worked collaboratively with TNC officials on issues related to conservation easements and their use throughout the country.
Prior to joining Griffin Alexander, P.C., Mr. Lawrence worked as an extern for a transactional law firm and was involved in matters including real estate and land use as well as estate planning and administration.
Mr. Lawrence is presently licensed to practice law in New Jersey.
News & Announcements
DEADLINES APPROACH: A NEW LAW IS COMING INTO EFFECT THAT REQUIRES NJ BUSINESSES AND RENTAL UNIT OWNERS TO MAINTAIN LIABILITY INSURANCE
December 7, 2022
You may recall that, on August 5, 2022, New Jersey’s Governor Murphy signed S. 1368/A. 2687 (2022) into law. This law (which has since been codified as N.J.S.A. § 40A:10A-1 et seq.) requires landlords and business owners to procure and maintain liability insurance for negligent acts and omissions. As we explained in our previous breakdown and summary, much of this law came into effect on November 3, 2022, while the remainder of its sections will become effective on February 1, 2023.
New Jersey Now Requiring Landlords to Maintain Liability Insurance
November 8, 2022
On August 5, 2022, New Jersey’s Governor Murphy signed S. 1368/A. 2687 (2022) into law, which has since been approved as P.L.2022, c.92 and codified as N.J.S.A. § 40A:10A-1 et seq. Much of this new law took effect on November 3, 2022, however, some of it has yet to come into effect. It requires business owners—specifically, rental unit owners and certain multi-family homeowners—to maintain liability insurance.
FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC NEW LENDER REQUIREMENTS FOR CONDOMINIUM AND COOPERATIVE PROJECTS
January 18, 2022
On June 24, 2021, tragically the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, FL, collapsed. Investigation revealed that construction defects, long-term water infiltration, and years of deferred maintenance may have all led to the collapse and the death of 98 people.
NEW JERSEY LEGISLATURE ALLOWS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS REMOTE MEETINGS TO CONTINUE
January 17, 2022
On December 20, 2021, New Jersey’s Legislature passed S. 4112/A. 5549 (2021); and, on January 10, 2022, Governor Murphy signed the bill into law. The law, while short, is immensely helpful to Community Associations throughout the state, many of which have adapted to the new remote meeting procedures previously permitted during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
NEW JERSEY LEGISLATURE PASSES LAW PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATORY DEED LANGUAGE, AND REQUIRING THE REVIEW OF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION GOVERNING DOCUMENTS
January 12, 2022
On June 30, 2021, New Jersey’s Legislature passed S. 2861/A. 5390 (2021), which was signed into law by Governor Murphy on November 8, 2021. It has since been approved as P.L.2021, c.274, and will be codified as N.J.S.A. § 46:15-15 to 18. which requires that any deed filed after January 1, 2022, must not contain any language that violates Sections 4 or 11 of New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”). Community Associations will have to review their current Governing Documents to ensure compliance and will have to amend them if necessary.
NEW JERSEY STATUTE REQUIRES EMERGENCY CONTACT AND TENANT ASSISTANCE INFORMATION IN LEASES, IN COMMON AREAS, AND ONLINE
January 11, 2022
On November 8, 2021, Governor Murphy signed S. 1148/A. 1211 (2021). The bill is short, but consequential. All New Jersey landlords—both big and small—will be affected by this new statute, which requires the publication of certain information online, in leases, and in common areas of apartment buildings.
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