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IMPORTANT UPDATE: COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS’ ABILITY TO COLLECT IS UNDER THREAT

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. May 6, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law

On April 12, 2020, and April 14, 2020, our office warned of a new bill working its way through the New Jersey Legislature: S2330 / A3908, entitled “COVID‑19 Financial Security for Consumers Act.” When the bill was last before the Legislature, it was tabled for further consideration and editing.

REMOTE COMMUNICATION FOR BOARD MEETINGS IN NEW JERSEY

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. April 15, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law

On Monday, April 13, 2020, the New Jersey Legislature voted on a new bill which would allow non-profits to meet remotely during the ongoing COVID‑19 crisis. The bill, S‑2342 / A‑3915, passed unanimously in both the New Jersey Senate and Assembly.

IMPORTANT UPDATES TO NEW JERSEY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AND LANDLORD-TENANT LAW

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. April 14, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law, Landlord/Tenant Law

Yesterday was a heavy calendar for the Senate and Assembly. A number of impactful bills were up for consideration. Our office is providing you an update on bills relevant to you. Many of these bills were considered in the Assembly and the Senate simultaneously yesterday. They would provide relief for New Jersey residents and businesses due to the COVID‑19 pandemic. Please see the bullet-point summary of the bills that were up for consideration yesterday:

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO - COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT MAINTENANCE FEES THREATENED BY NEW BILL

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. April 14, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law

Our office previously provided an update with respect to S2330, a new Bill proposed in the Senate and the Assembly as a means of providing a degree of financial security to all residents of New Jersey. As our prior blog discussed, the Bill paints with a broad brush in its application to community associations, and apartment building landlords. The impact on these entities, if the measure passes, could be critical.

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT MAINTENANCE FEES THREATENED BY NEW BILL

By Robert C. Griffin, Esq. April 12, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law

The New Jersey Legislature is meeting Monday, April 12th to consider more bills to act as relief for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The current bills being considered are numerous. There is one bill in particular which may severely impact community associations.

Assistance Animals and Reasonable Accommodations under the Fair Housing Act

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. April 7, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law, Landlord/Tenant Law

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) recently issued a Notice as to the legality and enforcement of animal policies in multiple dwellings with respect to Assistance Animals under the Fair Housing Act (“FHA”). This Notice applies to a variety of multiple dwellings, including apartment buildings and community associations.  The Notice assists in gaining an understanding of the obligations of housing providers and regulators toward tenants and owners with disabilities with respect to the ability to keep animals in their dwellings. The Notice also replaces several pieces of guidance previously issued by HUD on housing providers’ obligations regarding service and assistance animals.

MULTIPLE DWELLINGS, EXEMPTIONS, AND HOUSING INSPECTION OBLIGATIONS

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. April 7, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law

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.

SUMMER CONTRACTS AND COVID 19

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. April 3, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law

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

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. April 3, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law

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

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. April 2, 2020 Posted in Community Association Law

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.

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