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New Jersey now requires sellers of real property and landlords to make certain notifications regarding flooding.

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. June 8, 2023 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

New Jersey now requires sellers of real property and landlords to make certain notifications regarding flooding.   The New Jersey Senate recently introduced Senate Bill No. 3110 to recognize the importance of flood awareness and protection for both landlords and tenants. This bill, if enacted, would require landlords to make specific notifications about flooding to tenants. Landlords would be required to disclose whether the property is in a flood hazard area as designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Additionally, landlords would be required to inform tenants if the rental property is situated in a flood-prone zone.

If you need assistance ensuring you are acting conformity with this law or require assistance updating your policies, we, at Griffin Alexander, P.C., can help. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of Community Association and Landlord-Tenant law. We can help ensure that your property remains in compliance with the advent of this new law.

If you need assistance ensuring you are acting conformity with this law or require assistance updating your policies, we, at Griffin Alexander, P.C., can help. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of Community Association and Landlord-Tenant law. We can help ensure that your property remains in compliance with the advent of this new law.

The information in this Client Alert is provided solely for information purposes. It should not be construed as legal advice on any specific matter and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular circumstances. Each legal matter is unique, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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New Jersey Will Prohibit Late Penalties Against Senior Citizens in Some Situations

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. June 8, 2023 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

New Jersey Will Prohibit Late Penalties Against Senior Citizens in Some Situations   After unanimously passing the Assembly, Bill A-1498 (S-942) will now head to the Senate, where a previous version was also passed unanimously. The bill requires owners of affordable senior communities to waive late fees incurred by senior tenants for rent that comes due during a period of hospitalization, plus five days thereafter. To qualify for the late fee waiver, a tenant must provide written proof that they were admitted to the hospital for the relevant period. If rent payment is not remitted within five business days following discharge, any late charge permitted under the law may then be imposed.

If you need assistance ensuring you are acting conformity with this law or require assistance updating your policies, we, at Griffin Alexander, P.C., can help. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of Community Association and Landlord-Tenant law. We can help ensure that your property remains in compliance with the advent of this new law.

The information in this Client Alert is provided solely for information purposes. It should not be construed as legal advice on any specific matter and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. The information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular circumstances. Each legal matter is unique, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

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DEADLINES APPROACH: A NEW LAW IS COMING INTO EFFECT THAT REQUIRES NJ BUSINESSES AND RENTAL UNIT OWNERS TO MAINTAIN LIABILITY INSURANCE

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. December 7, 2022 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

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

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. November 8, 2022 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

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

By Brian R. Griffin, Esq. January 18, 2022 Posted in Community Association Law

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

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. January 17, 2022 Posted in Community Association Law

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

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. January 12, 2022 Posted in Community Association Law

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

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. January 11, 2022 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

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

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. January 10, 2022 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

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

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. December 22, 2021 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

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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