Nicole A. Suissa, Esq.
Nicole A. Suissa, Esq. is an Associate of the firm who focuses her practice on matters involving New Jersey Landlord-Tenant Law, Community Association Law, and Litigation.
Prior to joining Griffin Alexander, P.C., Ms. Suissa was a Tax Consultant at a large firm in New York where she advised clients on international tax obligations, regulations, and reporting.
Ms. Suissa graduated from the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law (J.D. 2015). While in law school, Ms. Suissa served the Dickinson School of Law Children’s Advocacy Clinic, and was awarded the Miller Pro Bono service award for her exemplary advocacy for foster youth in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. During her time in law school, Ms. Suissa also interned for Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as well as the Bell Legal Group in Georgetown, South Carolina. Ms. Suissa is also a former volunteer firefighter, and maintains her membership with the Union Fire Company in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Prior to law school, Ms. Suissa graduated magna cum laude from the University of Hartford and worked for four years in Commercial Real Estate in New York City.
Ms. Suissa proudly sits on the University of Hartford’s Alumni Board of Directors and is currently a member of the New Jersey Bar.
News & Announcements
New York In-Person Evictions to Resume
July 17, 2020
The administrative judge of the New York City Civil Court announced in an email to tenant attorneys that in-person evictions would begin July 27, 2020. Other counties are expected to incrementally implement a similar procedure. An eviction that was on the calendar before March 16, 2020 will retain priority in being scheduled first. However, as of July 13, 2020, there are still inconsistencies in uniformity of procedures with respect to in-person court appearances.
Community Association Transition: Construction Defects, Implied Warranties and Consumer Fraud
July 17, 2020
For every condominium and homeowner association, "control" is eventually transferred by the developer to an owner-controlled governing board after construction. This is called "transition." 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. But what happens when negotiations fail?
New York State and the Tenant Safe Harbor Act
July 6, 2020
On June 30, 2020, New York Governor signed the “Tenant Safe Harbor Act” (a.k.a. the “Hoylman Bill”) into law. This law not only extends the current eviction moratorium for New Yorkers, but it strengthens it as well. The Tenant Safe Harbor Act prevents courts from issuing warrants of eviction or judgments of possession under certain circumstances. The court cannot issue a warrant or judgment if: it would be for non-payment of rent that accrued or came due during the COVID‑19 period, and it would be against a residential tenant or lawful occupant who has suffered a financial hardship during the “COVID‑19 covered period.”
Governor Vetoes the Emergency Rental Assistance Bill
July 1, 2020
Governor Phil Murphy has vetoed five proposed Coronavirus. The vetoed bills were designed to assist to families and small business suffering from COVID-19 related hardships. Among these vetoed bills was S-2332/A-3956. This bill was discussed in our prior blog, which can be found here.
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