MULTIPLE DWELLINGS, EXEMPTIONS, AND HOUSING INSPECTION OBLIGATIONS
The Bureau of Housing Inspection is a division of the Department of Community Affairs (“DCA”). Under New Jersey’s Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law (N.J.S.A. § 55:13A-1, et seq.), the Bureau of Housing Inspections is required to conduct periodic inspections of multiple dwellings and hotels. The definition of “multiple dwelling” under the Law includes any building or group of buildings, with three (3) or more units of dwelling space intended to be occupied independently. This definition includes most apartments, condominiums, cooperatives, and other, similar locations.
NEW JERSEY PUTS A TEMPORARY HOLD ON ALL SHORT-TERM RENTALS FOR SITES SUCH AS AIRBNB AND VRBO
On March 21, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy issued Executive Order No. 107, which closed to the public the brick-and-mortar premises of all non-essential retail businesses due to the COVID‑19 pandemic. It also deemed a subset of retail businesses as “essential” and permitted them to remain open during their normal business hours. The Governor also issued Executive Order No. 108 that same day. In a nutshell, Executive Order 108 allows municipalities or counites to impose additional restrictions in response to those established by Executive Order No. 107, under certain conditions.
RENT FREEZING IN NORTH JERSEY AND BEYOND
We hope you are all managing and staying healthy throughout these difficult times. Governments across the country are taking action to help keep tenants in their homes and stop evictions. For example, evictions are not happening right now in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. However, some individual cities are attempting to take more aggressive action to keep renters in apartments: enacting rent freezes.
SUMMER CONTRACTS AND COVID 19
We hope everyone is doing well and feeling healthy! Normally, at this time of the year, residents and tenants would be in the early stages of preparing for summer fun. Pools usually open in less than two (2) months, on Memorial Day (May 25th this year). And Independence Day is a big day for summer festivities.
NEW JERSEY FORECLOSURE FORBEARANCE
We hope everyone is doing well and feeling healthy in these uncertain times! In response to COVID‑19, legislation has been passed, courts have been closed, and executive orders have been signed. Recently though, a response to the Governor’s pandemic concerns came to New Jersey property owners in a different form: by agreement.
TEMPORARY RELAXATION OF REGULATORY PROVISIONS CONCERNING CODE INSPECTIONS AND THE EFFECT ON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
During the spring and summer months, many community associations engage in capital improvement or routine projects which might require inspections to determine compliance with fire and construction codes. The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place have thrown a wrench into what would otherwise be a regular process. The restriction put in place has directly impacted the ability of construction officials to conduct inspections and issue permits.
New York Condominium Associations and Co-Ops: Holding Meetings and Social Distancing
As the spread of COVID-19 continues, many Condominium Associations and Co-op Boards are left asking themselves how they are supposed to handle Association matters efficiently while continuing to obey Local, State, and Federal mandates to practice social distancing. For Associations in New York, Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 202.8 provides a lifeline that Community Association Boards can use in order to conduct business and hold meetings.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION, LOAN FORGIVENESS, AND TITLE I OF THE CARES ACT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. Title I of the CARES Act is separately titled the “Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act”. Within it are conditions for loan forgiveness and the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”). This section of the CARES Act greatly impacts the availability of Small Business Association (“SBA”) loans. The purpose of Title I of the CARES Act is to assist underfunded businesses (including nonprofits) so they can keep their employees on payroll, covered by health insurance, and off unemployment.
PRIVACY RIGHTS IN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
As technology has improved and at the same time has become less expensive, the ability to maintain privacy has been rapidly diminishing. For about $30.00 and a half hour of your time, you can look up almost anyone on the internet, find out their current and past employment, their current and past addresses, the names and addresses of their relatives, whether they have ever been arrested, received a motor vehicle summons, or gotten a divorce. Your movements are increasingly recorded as you appear in public or semi-public places, by municipal cameras, private security cameras, “Ring” devices, drones, and even satellite imagery. Over time, computers will be getting smaller – about the size of a grain of sand. They will eventually be incorporated into clothing. You may literally be able to wear a shirt that records a person or event.
LANDLORDS, TENANTS, AND COPING WITH COVID 19
We hope that you, your friends, family, and loved ones are all staying safe and healthy, especially under these difficult circumstances. As a result of the ongoing COVID‑19 pandemic, everything has begun to change. While we all hope that things will return to normal soon, no one can be certain when this crisis will end. To help cope with all this uncertainty, we at Griffin Alexander, P.C., are prepared to help our clients develop plans to work with their tenants while society adapts.