Community Associations have unique legal needs in real estate law
The financial appeal of planned unit developments, that is, condos, HOA’s, or co-ops, attracts both empty nesters and first-time owners because these developments combine many of the advantages of home ownership and apartment living. But they also present a new range of legal issues from service disputes to management cost and liability questions. Community Associations have unique legal needs that require a unique hybrid of legal resources that pull from many practice areas including real estate law.
Common real estate law questions
Is there an age restriction on occupancy? Can residents have pets? How many? What kind? Can the purchaser’s commercial vehicle be parked on the property? Can one construct an addition to the unit? Can the deck be enclosed? Who is responsible for clearing ice and snow from the driveways, from the decks? Can your purchasers or their neighbors decorate for Christmas? Can an awning be added to the residence? Whose responsibility is it if the basement leaks? These questions, and others like them, cannot be answered without specific analysis of a community’s restrictive covenants and rules.
Consequently, it’s important to choose a community association law firm that has proven experience across a wide range of other legal issues including:
- CC&R Bylaw Interpretation and Amendments
- Rules Enforcement / Compliance
- Construction Defect Claims
- Construction and Building Condition
- Litigation Services / Restraining Orders
- Water Damage Disputes
- Insurance Claims
- Mold Liability
- Mechanics Liens
- Disability Compliance Guidelines
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Employment Law Counsel
- Real Estate and Land Use Issues
- Contract review and preparation
- Consultation and Advice for Boards of Directors
- Fee and assessment collection, including lien filing and foreclosure
Our primary mission is to give experienced counsel and clear advice, in plain simple English, to boards of directors and community members for the proper governance and administration of community associations, with the underlying goals of protecting and enhancing the quality of life in communities for the long term.
In other words, when an association’s directors and community members are well represented and educated, there is less risk of a dispute arising. More importantly, the attorneys at Radom & Wetter decades long experience with community associations has proven that taking a common sense, proactive approach allows associations to avoid future liabilities, disputes, and potential lawsuits.
Contact Radom & Wetter
If you require professional legal advice and representation regarding Community Association (HOA) issues anywhere in New Jersey, make sure your legal rights are protected by seeking the legal advice of an experienced Community Association law firm. Contact us at 908-707-1500 or 973-867-7053 or use our Contact Form.