Stephanie Wiegand, Esq.
Stephanie Wiegand, Esq.
Stephanie Wiegand is of Counsel to the Firm. Stephanie concentrates a majority of her practice on matters involving General Civil Litigation, Community Association Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, and Collections. Ms. Wiegand started at the firm as an Associate in 2014 and regularly appears in court throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. She regularly attends proceedings in New Jersey Law Division, Special Civil, Landlord/Tenant, and Municipal courts, New York Supreme Court, Civil Court, and housing courts, and Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas and Magisterial District Courts.
Ms. Wiegand has represented the firm’s clients in various complex litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, and breach of warranty of habitability. More recently, Ms. Wiegand successfully defended a lawsuit for a client and obtained a $70,000 money judgment in the client’s favor for the plaintiff’s breach of contract and frivolous litigation. She also successfully defended and resolved a lawsuit involving alleged habitability, damage, and personal injury claims. She continues to vigorously defend lawsuits on behalf of her clients and prosecute claims for clients, while balancing and considering their financial and business needs.
Ms. Wiegand has also successfully handled to completion a number of nonpayment of rent, notices cases, and Marini hearings for issues involving habitability claims for her clients. She also provide thorough lease drafting and lease reviews. In addition, Ms. Wiegand has represented the firm’s Community Association clients in mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolutions.
She also has experience negotiating transition issues involving construction defects for the firm’s Community Association clients. Further, her day-to-day practice involves assisting clients with immediate needs, trouble-shooting for managers, resolving tenancy issues or Association membership concerns, and negotiating contracts, releases, and settlement agreements for her clients.
Ms. Wiegand is a member of the Community Associations Institute New Jersey Chapter (CAI-NJ) and was a committee person for three years, including chairperson in 2017. She is also a Certified Mediator through CAI-NJ. Additionally, Ms. Wiegand has presented at numerous seminars, including the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA) Fair Housing & Beyond, the National Apartment Association (NAA) Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) Fair Housing & Legal Responsibility, and Landlord-Tenant Law: Lease Agreements, Defaults, and Collections. She has also presented several other seminar on various topics to clients, managers, and other including fair housing, landlord/tenant law, collections, and rent receivership.
She has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers – Rising Stars for 2018, 2019, and 2020. Ms. Wiegand received her Juris Doctor from New York Law School, where she graduated cum laude and served on the Law Review as a member and a Managing Editor. Prior to law school, she received a BA degree from the University of Delaware, where she also graduated cum laude.
News & Announcements
DEADLINES APPROACH: A NEW LAW IS COMING INTO EFFECT THAT REQUIRES NJ BUSINESSES AND RENTAL UNIT OWNERS TO MAINTAIN LIABILITY INSURANCE
December 7, 2022
You may recall that, on August 5, 2022, New Jersey’s Governor Murphy signed S. 1368/A. 2687 (2022) into law. This law (which has since been codified as N.J.S.A. § 40A:10A-1 et seq.) requires landlords and business owners to procure and maintain liability insurance for negligent acts and omissions. As we explained in our previous breakdown and summary, much of this law came into effect on November 3, 2022, while the remainder of its sections will become effective on February 1, 2023.
New Jersey Now Requiring Landlords to Maintain Liability Insurance
November 8, 2022
On August 5, 2022, New Jersey’s Governor Murphy signed S. 1368/A. 2687 (2022) into law, which has since been approved as P.L.2022, c.92 and codified as N.J.S.A. § 40A:10A-1 et seq. Much of this new law took effect on November 3, 2022, however, some of it has yet to come into effect. It requires business owners—specifically, rental unit owners and certain multi-family homeowners—to maintain liability insurance.
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.
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