Matthew Meyers, Esq.
Matthew Meyers is Counsel of the firm. His major areas of practice are Community Association Law and Construction Defect Litigation. Mr. Meyers represents community associations in assisting them through the transition process from developer to homeowner control. Mr. Meyers has thirty years of experience in construction defect litigation. He specializes in representing homeowner associations in transition negotiations and litigation. Over the course of Mr. Meyers’ career in representing condominium associations, he has been instrumental in receiving verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He has accumulated over $100,000,000.00 in total verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. These include the following representative matters:
$ 31 million dollar settlement for Hudson County condominium association (excessive settlement, water infiltration, code compliance);
$ 24 million dollar settlement for West New York condominium association (excessive settlement, water infiltration, code compliance)
$ 20 million dollar jury verdict for Hudson River Waterfront condominium association, including treble damages under Consumer Fraud Act;
$ 13 million dollar settlement for North Bergen condominium association for excessive settlement, roofing issues, facade defects and water infiltration;
$ 6 million dollar settlement for Essex County condominium association for facade failure, roofing issues, and water infiltration;
$ 4.8 million dollar settlement for Essex County condominium association for roofing, framing, EIFS and brick defects;
$ 4 million dollar settlement for Jersey City condominium association for EIFS, roofing, brick, and stoop defects;
$ 2 million dollar settlement for Hoboken condominium association for window, brick and water infiltration issues;
$ 1.2 million dollar settlement for Bergen County condominium association for construction defects including deficient roofing and framing; and
$ 1 million dollar settlement for Morris County condominium association for various construction defects.
Mr. Meyers is admitted to practice in New Jersey and a 1990 graduate of New York Law School.
Mr. Meyers is a member of the American Bar Association and the Construction Law Division of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Community Associations Institute- New Jersey Chapter. Mr. Meyers also frequently is a lecturer for New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education as well as the Community Association Institute where he speaks on the topic of construction defect litigation and representing homeowner associations.
News & Announcements
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.
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.
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