Stephanie Wiegand, Esq.
Stephanie Wiegand, Esq.
Stephanie Wiegand is a Partner at the firm who 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
NEW JERSEY COVID-19 EVICTION CASES WILL BECOME CONFIDENTIAL
July 2, 2021
On Wednesday June 30, 2021, the New Jersey Legislature passed NJ S.B. 3713 / A.B. 4463 (2021) (the “Act”), and it now awaits the signature of Governor Murphy. Under this act, certain New Jersey eviction court records during the pandemic must be kept confidential. The goal is to reduce renters that suffered hardship during the pandemic, and who otherwise have a good rental history, from finding new housing.
New Tort Liability Law – New Protections for Community Associations
June 29, 2021
The State of New Jersey recently passed new protections for community associations regarding potential civil actions involving alleged exposure or transmission of COVID-19 within the community. Specifically, the Assembly and the Senate have passed Senate Bill 3584 which provides additional tort immunity for community associations than was available under existing law. The law has been passed in the legislature and is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature, which we do expect to be completed shortly.
NEW RESTRICTIONS ON TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS IN NEW JERSEY
June 25, 2021
On June 3, 2021, the New Jersey Legislature passed, and, on June 18, 2021, the Governor Phil Murphy signed, NJ S.B. 250 / A.B 1919 (2020), known as the Fair Chance in Housing Act (the “Act”). The purpose of the Act is to reduce the amount of recidivism amongst ex-convicts in the State of New Jersey. Statistics show that recidivism rates increase (and public safety decreases) when ex-convicts are unable to find stable housing. Consequently, the Act aims to reduce obstacles which may prevent ex-convicts from finding such housing by significantly altering how landlords may conduct background checks.
NEW YORK EXTENDS MORATORIUM ON EVICTIONS AND FORECLOSURES
May 12, 2021
On May 4, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed 2021 N.Y. SB 6362A. The Act amends chapter 381 of the 2020 laws establishing the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020,” as well as chapter 73 of the 2021 laws establishing the “COVID-19 Emergency Protect Our Small Business Act of 2021.”
New Department of Health Pool Standards
May 11, 2021
This week, the New Jersey Department of Health released revised Covid-19 Pools and Aquatic Recreation Facility Standards, dated May 7, 2021 (“New Standards”). If you compare the Standards published last year with the New Standards, you will note that the requirement of a pool ambassador has been eliminated. The role of Pool Ambassador in last year’s Standards read, “Implementation of an ambassador role to monitor and encourage social distancing of bathers on the pool deck.” (Section I(3), Page 2).
DISCUSSION ABOUT REOPENING ASSOCIATION FACILITIES IN THE PANDEMIC - 2021
March 19, 2021
Determining whether to open Association facilities or keep them closed this year is a harder choice than ever, in our ever-changing Covid-19 environment. It is mid-March, 2021, but we have experienced our first 60 degree day. It has been a year since Covid-19 hit. Everyone thought that the safeguards would be temporary, but we are learning that nothing is easy in this pandemic. The vast majority of Associations closed their facilities last year, and nearly all have remained closed.
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