Webinar: Hot Topics In Community Association Law & Legislation

Posted by on May 2, 2022 in Webinar

The speakers include Hill Wallack Community Associations attorneys Caroline Record, Michael Karpoff, George Greatrex, and Kenneth Sauter. Jonathan Katz will be the moderator.

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Webinar: Hot Topics In Community Association Law & Legislation

Posted by on Feb 16, 2022 in Webinar

This program will cover hot topics relating to community association law and legislation. The panelists will discuss COVID-19 issues in light of the continuing pandemic, new and pending legislation regarding remote meetings and discriminatory covenants. The panelists will also provide updates on the new FDCPA debt collection regulations and the proposed legislation regarding structural inspections and reserves in response to the Surfside tragedy. Click here to register, or scan the QR code above.

Hot Topics In Community Association Law & Legislation is approved by Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) to fulfill continuing education requirements for the CMCA® certification. This course has been approved for 1 hour(s) of continuing education.

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New Law Favorably Impacts the Rights of Community Associations in Transition

Posted by on Jan 19, 2022 in Legislation

Governor Murphy just signed into law an important bill that directly impacts the rights of community associations in the developer transition process in New Jersey. We are pleased to report on this new law as it will benefit our common interest community clients going forward, especially those in the developer transition process, and in that regard we commend the CAI Legislative Action Committee-NJ for their efforts to initiate, support and advance this bill into law.

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What the New FDCPA Regulations Mean for Community Association Collections

Posted by on Dec 28, 2021 in FDCPA

By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.

As of November 30, 2021, your community associations demand letters may look slightly different. As of that date, new regulations went into effect regarding the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the “FDCPA”), 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq.

Since 1977, the FDCPA has regulated “debt collectors” who regularly attempt to collect debts owed by consumers to third parties. While association fees/assessments are considered “debts” under the FDCPA, associations and management are not considered debt collectors (at least in New Jersey). However, attorneys engaged to collect these debts are considered debt collectors and, as such, must comply with the FDCPA.

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Immunity Law Only Applies To Activities On Association Property

Posted by on Jul 29, 2021 in COVID-19

Written by: Gregg Shivers, Esq.

With the passage of the immunity bill for community associations, boards are quickly and enthusiastically returning to business as usual. As part of that movement, some associations are scheduling bus trips, holiday parties and other off-site activities. It is important to remember that the limited immunity provided by this new law only applies to exposures to COVID-19 on the premises of the AssociationThe purpose of the bill was to allow associations to safely open their pools and clubhouses and was not meant as a blanket immunity. Therefore, your association is not protected against COVID-19 claims by insurance or the immunity law for off-site activities.

With the number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths increasing again, any Board planning an off-site activity should consider their decision carefully.  At the very least, you should require participants to sign a waiver; however, keeping activities on-site is the best course of action.

Also, remember that unless the immunity law is extended by the legislature, it only covers exposures through December 31, 2021. You should keep that in mind when planning your winter calendars.

If you have questions about how this immunity law affects your community, or have any other issues with your community association, please contact one of our community association attorneys.

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Updated Guidance For Community Associations On COVID-19 Pool Requirements

Posted by on May 27, 2021 in COVID-19

Written by: Loren Lightman

On May 19, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Health issued updated regulations applicable to indoor and outdoor community association pools. The most significant change from prior regulations is that both indoor and outdoor pools are no longer subject to percentage based capacity limits; rather, the regulations require measures are taken to ensure that “patrons or groups of patrons” can maintain a 6-foot distance from other patrons both in and out of the pool which are to be incorporated into the Covid-19 Pool Operation Prevention Plan (CPOPP) submitted by the association to the local health authority.

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