Robert C. Griffin, Esq.
Robert C. Griffin is Of Counsel to 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
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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