Robert C. Griffin, Esq.
Robert C. Griffin is a Partner of the firm. His major areas of practice are Community Association Law and Litigation. He also handles Business Start-ups, Commercial Law, Fair Housing and Discrimination issues; Labor Law; Rights of the Disabled; Land Use; Real Estate Transactions; Wills and Trusts; and, Municipal Court.
Mr. Griffin represents community associations, providing guidance through the transition process from developer to homeowner control, and serves as general counsel for community associations. Mr. Griffin appears before Planning and Zoning Boards in support of community association applications, and in opposition to development applications contrary to client interests. He also appears in municipal court when community associations are cited for violations.
A litigator throughout his entire career, Mr. Griffin oversees the firm’s community association construction defect litigation cases; and, large non-community association litigation matters.
Since 2002, Mr. Griffin has served on the Board of Trustees for Community Access Unlimited, a non-profit corporation which assists people with disabilities in living successfully in the community, and was the President of the Board from 2008 - 2010. He is a member of the faculty at the Union County Police Academy; and, he has lectured and written articles for the Community Associations Institute, nationally and for the New Jersey Chapter.
Mr. Griffin is admitted to practice in New Jersey, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, New York and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Griffin is a graduate of Seton Hall University, School of Law (J.D. 1983) and Marist College (B.S. 1977).
Mr. Griffin is a member of the America Bar Association; the New Jersey Bar Association; the New York Bar Association; the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Community Associations Institute - New Jersey Chapter.
Mr. Griffin is also a Mediator through the New Jersey Community Associations Institute (CAI).
News & Announcements
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.
LANDLORD TENANT COURTS IN PENNSYLVANIA SET TO REOPEN ON JULY 11TH
June 29, 2020
Per Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Executive Order, Landlord Tenant matters will begin processing on July 11th, 2020.
On May 11th, the Governor stayed all Notice Requirements mandated by the Landlord and Tenant At of 1951 and the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act for 60 days. This action tolled the ability to commence the timelines necessary for the initiation of eviction proceedings. Per the order, all eviction timelines must be computed with a start date of July 10th, 2020, at which point any previously delivered Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 and Manufactured Home Community Rights Act notices will be deemed delivered and any eviction proceedings may commence. The eviction proceedings requiring compliance with the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 and the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act may proceed from that point forward in the normal course of action.
CAI-NJ APPEALS NEW DCA REGULATIONS
June 24, 2020
On May 18, 2020, Regulations to the Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act (PREFDA) were adopted and published by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), without giving community associations an opportunity to prepare to implement them.
Executive Order No. 156 & Re-Opening of Playgrounds
June 24, 2020
On June 22, 2020 Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 156. This executive order supersedes the capacity limitations, established by Executive Order No. 152, by increasing the amount of individuals permitted at both indoor and outdoor gatherings. Our prior blog on Executive Order 152, is here.
Executive Order No. 152 - Stay-at-Home Order Lifted
June 12, 2020
On Tuesday June 9, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 152. This executive order lifts the state’s stay-at-home order and relaxes the restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, which were established by Executive Order No. 107, on March 21, 2020.
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