James B. Griffin, CPA, Esq.
James B. Griffin is Of Counsel to the firm, who provides business, tax and accounting advice to clients, assisting them in maximizing growth and profits, and minimizing taxes. He also provides guidance on complex estate planning issues.
Mr. Griffin works with individuals, construction companies, contractors, service and health care providers, real estate agents, wholesale and retail sales companies, manufacturers and distributors. Mr. Griffin has lectured on budgeting and monitoring; financing for small businesses; and, tax planning.
Mr. Griffin is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Griffin is a graduate of Widener University, School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware (J.D. 1994) and the University of Delaware (B.S. 1987). Mr. Griffin is also a Certified Public Accountant.
News & Announcements
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.
NEW REGULATIONS PUBLISHED FOR THE FAIR CHANCE IN HOUSING ACT
January 10, 2022
As you may recall on June 18, 2021, the New Jersey’s Governor Murphy signed the Fair Chance in Housing Act (the “FCHA”) into law. You can read a summary of the law here. The law, among other things, overhauls the apartment application process and restricts a landlord’s ability to consider certain aspects of an applicant’s criminal history.
NJ DIVISION ON CIVIL RIGHTS RELEASES MODEL NOTICES FOR THE FAIR CHANCE IN HOUSING ACT
December 22, 2021
As you will recall, earlier this year, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Fair Chance in Housing Act (the “FCHA”), which was signed into law by Governor Murphy on Juneteenth. The law, among other things, overhauled the apartment application process and significantly restricts a landlord’s ability to weigh the criminal history of rental applicants. The passage of the FCHA has required many New Jersey landlords to overhaul their application procedures, and the way in which they run criminal background checks on prospective tenants.
UPDATES TO THE NEW YORK EVICTION MORATORIUM
September 7, 2021
On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, the New York Legislature passed 2021 N.Y. SB 1, extending its eviction moratorium through January 15, 2022. This extension comes on the heels of the August 12, 2021, decision from the United States Supreme Court which knocked down key portions of the New York eviction moratorium (you can read more about that decision in our blog here).
NEW LANDLORD-TENANT NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS IN NEW JERSEY
August 27, 2021
On August 5, 2021, New Jersey’s Governor signed NJ S.B. 3691/A.B. 5685 (2021), which will officially end New Jersey’s Eviction Moratorium in waves based on income level beginning August 31, 2021.
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