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

But My Condo Association Didn’t Remediate the Property in the First Place! How Can We Have Environmental Obligations to the NJDEP?

July 27th, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Mary Wynn Seiter, Esq. Susan is the property manager for a condo association in Edgewater, and she just got off the phone with someone from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The association needs to spend $10,000 to have all its environmental documentation updated – even though the …Continue Reading

Beware of municipalities that low-ball your community association’s annual reimbursement under the Municipal Services Act

July 11th, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. Is your community association receiving the maximum annual reimbursement to which it may be entitled under the Municipal Services Act? Under the Act, a municipality is required to provide a qualified community association with either snow removal from roads, street lighting, and collection of leaves, …Continue Reading

NEW SUPERLIEN LAW HELPS CONDO ASSOCIATIONS AND HOAs

June 28th, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Mary Wynn Seiter, Esq. Even condominium association boards that do everything right when it comes to pursuing unit owners for unpaid assessments can find themselves in a tough spot when a lender forecloses on a unit. Until recently, the best a condo association could do with regard to getting …Continue Reading

Important Alert: New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Proposes New Regulations on Community Association Governance

June 15th, 2019 | Community Association Law Blog

By Eric F. Frizzell, Esq. On June 3, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (“DCA”) published proposed amendments to regulations under the Planned Real Estate Development Full Disclosure Act. The regulations are intended to implement the 2017 “Radburn Amendments” and “to enhance resident voting participation rights” in community …Continue Reading