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
REDUCING THE CHARGE FOR ELECTRIC CARS
November 18, 2019
Fully-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are becoming more-and-more popular. At the same time, would-be drivers find themselves encountering more legal “potholes” en route to owning fuel-efficient cars. One such barrier is the fact that many community associations in New Jersey do not permit the installation of electric charging stations. However, proposed bills indicate that there may be some legal changes on the horizon.
October 7, 2019
Good-Guy Guarantees are a staple of business rental agreements in New York.
The purpose of a Good-Guy Guarantee is twofold. It allows a tenant to maintain limited rent liability. Simultaneously, it provides tenants with an additional incentive to avoid defaulting on the lease. It is essential that the Good-Guy Guarantee is adapted appropriately.
NEW ORDINANCE IN HOBOKEN LIMITS LANDLORD'S ABILITY TO PASS ON LARGE TAX SURCHARGES TO TENANTS
October 2, 2019
Prior to this recent amendment, Hoboken’s Rent Control Ordinance included a provision that allowed landlords with rental properties subject to rent control to pass on large tax surcharges to tenants based on property tax increases dating back to 1988, regardless of when the landlord acquired the property.
MAINTENANCE OF COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FIRE HYDRANTS
October 2, 2019
In some municipalities, fire hydrants are the main, if not the only, supply of water available to Fire Departments when battling fires. So why do such few people think about who is responsible to ensure that the hydrants are working properly and efficiently? The Legislature helped to resolve this question when it enacted N.J.S.A. 58:31-1, also known as the Water Quality Accountability Act (WQAA), which was made effective on October 19, 2017. With the overall goal of improving the safety, reliability and administrative oversight of water infrastructure, this law established new requirements for inspection and maintenance of fire hydrants by water purveyors.
HOW GRIFFIN ALEXANDER, P.C. CAN ASSIST IN CONDO AND HOA BOARD TRANSITIONS
October 2, 2019
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 before the developer steps away from the community. Starting a Condominium or Homeowners association from the ground up can be a difficult task, but you can rest assured knowing that the experienced attorneys of Griffin Alexander, P.C. can provide dedicated and thorough assistance in the transition of your Condo or Homeowners Associations’ Board from beginning to end.
DOCUMENT PREPARATION SERVICES FOR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
October 2, 2019
The formation of a community association, whether it be a condominium or a homeowners association, can be complex. The creation of the Governing Documents is especially an essential and integral aspect during formation. The purpose of a community association’s governing documents is to provide for the legal structure and operation of the community. Normally, the documents included within are a recorded plan, Declaration or Master Deed, Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Rules and Regulations. Membership of the community association is automatic when one purchases property within the association and creates a binding relationship between each owner and the association. Since the governing documents establish the mechanisms for governing and funding the association’s operations, as well as define the rights and obligations of both the association and its owners, it is imperative to ensure that they are well written and all-inclusive.
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