Hill Wallack’s Community Associations Practice Group Is CAMICB Approved to Provide Continuing Education Courses

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Hill Wallack‘s Community Associations Practice Group is proud to announce that it has been approved by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) to provide continuing education courses and offer manager continuing education (CE) credits

CAMICB administers the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA®) and is the professional accreditation body for more than 16,000 community association managers worldwide.

Hill Wallack has been approved to provide one (1) CE credit for each of the following courses:

  1.  What You Should Know About the Radburn Legislation
  2.  What You Should Know About Community Association Collections
  3.  Community Associations & Joint Employer Liability
  4.  Community Associations – Civility in the Workplace

If you are interested in participating in or hosting a CAMICB approved course, please contact Jonathan Katz at jkatz@hillwallack.com.

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Classic Condo Cases: Siddons v. Cook and Country Place Condominium Association – The Duty to Warn

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Classic Condo Cases, Legal Decisions, Safety

By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.

Hill Wallack LLP’s “Classic Condo Cases” is a continuing series in which we look back at precedential Court opinions and discuss why each decision is important for community associations throughout New Jersey.

Siddons v. Cook and Country Place Condominium Association, 382 N.J. Super. 1 (App. Div. 2005).

Quick Take: Community associations have a duty to warn owners of potential, recurring conditions/deficiencies that are known to the association and may cause damage, even if those conditions/deficiencies are solely within a unit/home and not part of the common elements.

Just the Facts: Sandra Siddons owned a downstairs condominium unit; David and Wendy Cook owned the unit directly above Siddons. Both units were part of the Country Place Condominium Association (the “Association”), located in Egg Harbor, NJ. Siddons sued the Cooks and the Association after her unit suffered water damage in excess of $25,000 as a result of a broken dishwasher hose in the Cooks’ unit. The Association was aware that dishwasher hoses in other condominium units (three, to be exact) had previously cracked/broken; however, since those hoses were the unit owner’s responsibility, the Association took the position that it had no responsibility to take any affirmative action to notify the other owners.

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Condo FAQs: Tort Immunity

Posted by on Jul 17, 2018 in Condo FAQs, Legal Decisions, Legislation

By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.

Hill Wallack LLP’s Condo FAQs is a continuing series in which we answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) pertaining to condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners associations. These FAQs relate to various issues that include interpretation of governing documents, board meetings, suspension of privileges, collections, or bankruptcy and foreclosure.

Question:  We have been told that our association may not be responsible or liable for personal injuries or damages when someone slips and falls. Is that correct?

Answer:  If your by-laws contain a provision providing for tort immunity, the answer may be yes. New Jersey has a tort immunity statute that allows associations to shield themselves from liability for certain types of injuries caused to unit owners due to the association’s negligence. This immunity is applicable as long as the association has certain language in their by-laws or takes the proper steps to amend their by-laws.

Specifically, N.J.S.A. 2A:62A-13 provides:

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CAMICB Releases White Paper on CMCA® Standards of Professional Conduct

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in CAI, Confidentiality & Ethics

By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.

Community Association Managers International Certification Board (“CAMICB”) recently published a white paper detailing the Standards of Professional Conduct for Certified Managers of Community Associations (CMCAs®) and clarifying the procedures that allow complaints to be brought against CMCAs.

These Standards of Professional Conduct, which can be found at www.camicb.org/standards, include being knowledgeable about laws and regulations applicable to community associations and  management, complying with association governing documents, policies, and procedures, assisting boards in carrying out fiduciary responsibilities, and participating in continuing education. A violation of any of these Standards of Professional Conduct may be grounds for administrative action and possible revocation of the CMCA® certification by CAMICB.

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Update to the Update: New Jersey Department of Health Issues UPDATED Public Recreational Bathing FAQ

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Legislation, Safety

“It’s deja-vu all over again.”

To clarify the questions raised by it’s original FAQ (“Frequently Asked Questions”), the New Jersey Department of Health has issued an Updated FAQ regarding the new rules and regulations with regard to the New Jersey State Sanitary Code, Chapter IX – Public Recreational Bathing, N.J.A.C. 8:26. The Updated FAQ clarifies the new lifeguard requirements specifically with respect to “specially exempt” facilities (see picture above).

You can review the UPDATED Department of Health’s FAQ by clicking here.

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