Transition Settlements: Beware Giving a Sponsor/Developer a General Release

January 17th, 2020 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. At the conclusion of a successful transition negotiation, the entire understanding reached between a community association and Sponsor/Developer (“Sponsor”) settling the association’s claims should be memorialized in a formal, written settlement agreement. As part of the settlement, the Sponsor normally will demand that the association …Continue Reading

Foreclosing on an owner’s unit after obtaining an unsatisfied money judgment

January 8th, 2020 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. Your condominium association or HOA has obtained a judgment against a unit owner for past due common expenses and other charges, but you have been unable to find where he is employed so that you can garnish his wages, or locate a bank account to …Continue Reading

You may be surprised to learn your community association is failing to comply with legal requirements for open Board meetings

November 6th, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. At the time our law firm is initially retained to represent community associations, we find that many of them are still not complying with New Jersey law regarding open Board meetings. The main violation is that Boards are regularly taking binding votes on all matters …Continue Reading

Hostile? Me? Why Should My Community Association Be Worried About Hostile Environment Harassment?

October 3rd, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Mary Wynn Seiter, Esq. You live in a pet-free condominium, where you serve on the board. Everyone on your floor is grumbling because a new owner has an emotional support animal, which the condo association board approved as a reasonable accommodation under federal law. The grousing has escalated, though …Continue Reading

Condo/Co-op Employees Who Perform After Hours Services for Residents Must Register with the State of NJ

September 21st, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Robert J. Buckalew, Esq. Did you know that a co-op or condominium employee who, on his own time, moonlights as a handyman, making repairs, painting or hanging wallpaper, repairing or installing tiles, fixtures, cabinetry or appliances for residents is considered to be a home improvement contractor? The fact is …Continue Reading

Is Your Community Association Getting the Municipal Reimbursements It Deserves Now That Your Tax Abatement is Over?

September 21st, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Mary Wynn Seiter, Esq. Are you in a community association that is 20 or more years old and initially had a property tax abatement in place with the municipality? Your association may be owed money by that municipality, if you are not already getting municipal services or reimbursement for …Continue Reading

New Law Changes Mandatory Five Year Inspection Schedule for New Jersey Condominiums, HOA’s, and Cooperatives

September 7th, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell. New Jersey’s Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law, which requires the inspection of condominiums, HOA’s, and cooperatives every five years by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has been amended. Under the new law, the frequency of future inspections will depend on how quickly the “owner” of …Continue Reading

Is a Reasonable Accommodation Support Animal a Lifetime Guarantee?

August 17th, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Mary Wynn Seiter, Esq. Years ago, John Smith submitted a request for an emotional support dog to his condo association, including the required documentation from his medical professional. His request was granted. The Board, appropriately, does not really know what John’s disability is, and therefore cannot tell if the …Continue Reading

BFC Retained to represent large HOA

August 15th, 2019 | News

BFC is pleased to announce that it has been retained to represent a 240+ unit homeowners association in Passaic County. BFC is a full service law firm that has represented more than 400 community associations throughout New Jersey during the past 30 years.

Donna Shahrabani Speaks at Associa Board Member Seminar on “Radburn” Amendments

July 27th, 2019 | News

Donna Shahrabani, a partner at BFC, was a featured speaker at a law seminar for Board members sponsored by Associa Community Management on July 25, 2019. Donna explained the “Radburn” amendments, and how they continue to impact community associations since being enacted two years ago. Donna frequently lectures on community …Continue Reading