Dealing with Unit Owner Requests to Inspect Community Association Financial Documents – A Summary of the DCA Guidelines

July 11th, 2023 | Blog, Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. Community associations frequently receive requests to review their financial records from unit owners. How should your association respond to such a request? The New Jersey Condominium Act provides that associations are responsible for “the maintenance of accounting records in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles …Continue Reading


May 18th, 2023 | Attorney Articles and Publications

Discovery.  Motion for Summary Judgment.   Default.   What do these commonly used terms mean?  The purpose of this glossary is to assist community association board members and property managers in better understanding legal terms and procedures that are frequently utilized by our law firm in the collection process against unit owners …Continue Reading

Counting Paper Ballots in Community Association Board Elections – Avoiding Mistakes and Assuring Accuracy

May 13th, 2023 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. May 12, 2023 It is the night of your community association’s annual meeting and there is a hotly contested election for the Board of Directors, which is being conducted by paper ballot. Candidates and unit owners anxiously await the results, which could dramatically change the …Continue Reading

Annual Meeting Election Reminders

March 6th, 2023 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. You are planning for your community association’s upcoming annual meeting and board election. In the last three years, you have become quite familiar with the “Radburn” regulations governing board elections that were enacted by the NJ Department of Community Affairs in 2020. Complying with the …Continue Reading

BFC Welcomes Attorney Mary Ellen Liberatore

September 28th, 2022 | Community Association Law Blog, News

BFC is pleased to announce that Mary Ellen Liberatore, Esq. has joined the firm as Of Counsel.  Mary Ellen’s law practice is focused on representing community associations as well as purchasers and sellers in residential real estate transactions. Mary Ellen has been practicing law for over seventeen years. She has …Continue Reading

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Issue New Loan Eligibility Requirements for Units in Community Associations

February 2nd, 2022 | Community Association Law Blog, News

By Vanessa Pena, Esq.   February 2, 2022 New loan eligibility requirements for units in community associations have been issued by the Federal National Mortgage Association (“Fannie Mae”) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) in response to the collapse of Champlain Towers in Florida. These new requirements may …Continue Reading

Governor Murphy Declares Public Health Emergency Due to Omicron Variant of COVID-19

January 15th, 2022 | Community Association Law Blog, News

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. On January 11, 2022, Governor Philip D. Murphy, citing numerous concerns relating to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, issued Executive Order No. 280 again declaring a Public Health Emergency in New Jersey. For community associations, this raises concerns regarding whether the …Continue Reading

New NJ Law Requires Community Association Boards to Remove Discriminatory Restrictive Covenants from Governing Documents

December 28th, 2021 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. On November 8, 2021, Governor Philip Murphy signed into law a new statute requiring the removal of discriminatory restrictive covenants in deeds, and imposing specific obligations on community associations to remove them from governing documents. In enacting the statute, the State Legislature recognized that sections …Continue Reading

Alert: A New Ordinance Enacted by Jersey City Requires Periodic Structural and Facade Inspections and Repairs of Multi-Story Buildings

September 24th, 2021 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. and Vanessa Pena, Esq. In August 2021, the City of Jersey City recently enacted a new ordinance pertaining to structural and façade inspections of multi-story buildings. The Jersey City Council passed this ordinance in August 2021 in response to the tragic events that took place …Continue Reading

New Jersey Passes Law Granting Limited Immunity to Planned Real Estate Developments for Civil Liability from COVID-19 Damage Claims

July 2nd, 2021 | Community Association Law Blog, News

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. and Mary Wynn Seiter, Esq. July 1, 2021 Summary of the new law On July 1, 2021, Governor Philip Murphy signed into law a bill (A4979/S3584) that grants limited immunity to planned real estate developments from civil liability for damages arising from, or related to, …Continue Reading