We provide community associations with the following services:
- Collection of delinquent assessments
- Compliance with federal, state and municipal laws and administrative rulings
- Drafting and negotiation service contracts
- Developer and sponsor transition
- Municipal Services Act reimbursement
- Construction defect litigation
- Insurance coverage claims and risk management issues
- Fair housing compliance
- Creation and enforcement of community rules and policies
- Real estate tax appeals
- Guidance on board governance
- Disposition of assessment liens
- Claims in bankruptcy
- Foreclosure of assessment liens
- Rent receiverships
- Land use and zoning issues
Homeowner and condominium association clients and their property managers rely on us for all of their legal needs, such as:
General Counsel to the Board
We provide board guidance on the interpretation of governing documents and advise board members on the way in which they may amend these documents so the documents continue to serve the needs of the community. We provide education to existing and newly elected board members on their fiduciary responsibilities.
We have 25 years of expertise in pursing insurance coverage claims on behalf of community associations and challenging substantially reduced offers as well as outright denials of coverage. We have the knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to enable our association clients to challenge their insurance companies and force them to pay the amount the association is entitled to recover under all available insurance policies.
One of our most common services is the collection of monies owed by delinquent unit owners or shareholders. We utilize the most sophisticated services available to locate any and all available assets of community members who are delinquent in paying their monthly and special assessment fees. These include asset and employment searches, lien preparation, collection notices to debtor, bank levies and wage execution. We understand that delinquent assessments have a direct impact on any community’s bottom line and are focused on providing efficient and cost-effective methods to reduce these liabilities.
We regularly appear in courts throughout New Jersey on behalf of our association clients. We advocate in favor of their rights to collect past due assessments, foreclose on units, enforce the community’s governing documents, challenge insurance claim denials, appeal property tax assessments of individual units and common elements, litigate disagreements related to developer transition and litigate construction defects claims.
The transition from developer control of the board to owner control is a process that can take many months, and possibly years to complete. We are able to advice on every step of this process so that the transition is completed as smoothly as possible and the rights and needs of the owners in the community are protected and preserved. We regularly advise boards on how to motivate the developer to finalize the transition of control as well as how to handle the complexities involved with municipal, performance and work bonds. We review engineering or other professional reports so the association’s future claims are preserved.