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 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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