IMPORTANT UPDATE TO - COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT MAINTENANCE FEES THREATENED BY NEW BILL
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
GRIFFIN ALEXANDER IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
To begin, we hope you, your friends, family, and loved ones are safe, happy, and healthy. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in government orders, quarantines, social distancing, and general unrest. The world has begun to feel increasingly isolated. Despite this, Griffin Alexander, P.C, is still here to help you. In these trying times, we are continuing in our unwavering commitment to help our clients.