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Understanding Community Association Ethics

By Jennifer L. Alexander, Esq. and Steven Mlenak, Esq. March 25, 2013 Posted in Community Association Law

Save for maybe audits and taxes, it is a topic that excites Association volunteers like no other: ethics. Still, understanding the ways board members or other Association volunteers, such as committee members, are expected to act, and in many cases are required to act, is something very important to the long-term success of a Community Association.

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New York v. New Jersey - Let's settle it once and for all.

By Romina V. Spinnickie, Esq. February 27, 2013 Posted in Landlord/Tenant Law

As can be expected from strong personalities, many New Yorkers and New Jerseyeans are in direct conflict as to the benefits of each of their respective states. From which state has more beautiful beaches to which state boasts the better tasting pizza, residents of both states argue fiercely and unequivocally regarding the benefits of living on either end of the Hudson.

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The Use of Portable Generators in Multi-Family Dwellings

By Steven G. Mlenak, Esq. November 2, 2012 Posted in Community Association Law

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and over 2.4 million homes without power, many homeowners have turned to portable generators to heat and light their homes. In multi-family dwellings, however, owners may not recognize the dangers of using a portable generator and many, if not most, do not realize that using such equipment is actually prohibited under their Association’s operating documents.

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Community Associations and Tenants | Part 4 – Evicting Tenants

By Dean L. Semer, Esq. February 14, 2012 Posted in Community Association Law

This is the fourth of 4 blog posts concerning tenant issues within community associations. In Part 1, I explained why Associations cannot prohibit tenants. In Part 2, I explained that it is not a good policy for an association to require credit checks or background checks of potential tenants. In Part 3, I explained about leasing resolutions and lease riders.

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Community Associations and Tenants | Part 3 – Leasing Resolutions and Lease Riders

By Dean L. Semer, Esq. October 24, 2011 Posted in Community Association Law

This is the third of 4 blog posts concerning tenant issues within community associations. In Part 1, I explained why a prohibition on tenants is either impermissible or highly unlikely. In Part 2, I explained that it is not a good policy for an association to require credit checks or background checks of potential tenants. Here in Part 3, I will explain about leasing resolutions and lease riders.

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Community Associations and Tenants | Part 2 – Background Checks of Tenants

By Dean L. Semer, Esq. July 31, 2011 Posted in Community Association Law

This is the second of 4 posts concerning tenant issues within community associations. In Part 1, I explained why a prohibition on tenants is either impermissible or highly unlikely. Here in Part 2, I will explain the next common question after prohibition: May an association require credit checks or background checks of potential tenants?

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Community Associations and Tenants | Part 1 – Why Associations Cannot Prohibit Tenants

By Dean L. Semer, Esq. May 22, 2011 Posted in Community Association Law

With the decreasing housing prices over the last couple of years, there has been the two-fold effect. First, there are owners who would like to sell their units or homes but cannot sustain the loss if the mortgage is higher than the market price, or “underwater.” As these owners wait for home values to increase, some rent their units or homes to tenants.

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