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Emergency Operation Plans for Senior Occupied Buildings

By Bruce Gudin, Esq. of Ehrlich Petriello Gudin & Plaza On January 13, 2014 the Senate and General Assembly approved and passed P.L.2013, CHAPTER 186, Assembly, No. 3625 concerning emergency operations plans in senior occupied buildings. This act takes effect immediately. The new law revised P.L.2001, c.80 (C.52:27D-224.1) and amended it to read as follows: […]

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Deicers & Concrete: Vinegar and Oil?

By: Andrew Amorosi, PE, RS Concrete has high strength when it is compressed, or 'squeezed'. However, it is extremely weak when it is subjected to tension, or 'pulled'. Deicers can react with weakness and cause havoc. Upon appearance, concrete may seem like a very dense material.  However, in reality, it is like a sponge. It […]

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Business Interruption

by Denise Klika   Post Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina and countless natural and manmade disasters comes the dreaded period of 'business interruption loss.' It's a very challenging time as firms scramble to get back on their feet while engaging their insurance consultants to calculate the losses and costs of recovery. Denise Klika in Smolin Lupin's Forensic department […]

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Court Rules on Consumer Fraud Action Against Landlord for Charging Atty’s Fees for In-House Counsel

by Christopher J. Hanlon, Esq. On September 17, 2013 the New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Appellate Division which reversed the Trial Court decision dismissing a Consumer Fraud action filed against a large residential landlord and an attorney-employee for charging fixed fees as additional rent in residential tenancy cases.  The decision, Darnice Green […]

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Property Damage Loss Waiver Transfers Costs to Negligent Resident

by Charles Kaliades A resident’s pot boils out of control and sets the apartment on fire or an unattended bathtub floods apartment units below.  There are dozens of similar scenarios in which a negligent resident damages property that keep apartment owners and managers up at night. Unlike car owners, homebuyers or commercial property tenants, most […]

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Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing is Trending

by Karen Blumenfeld, Esq. How can multi-unit housing (MUH) property owners reduce operating expenses and create a healthier, greener environment for their tenants and employees?  By implementing 100% smoke-free policies for their MUH properties.  It’s the newest trend in New Jersey and across the USA for both affordable and market rate MUH.  Global Advisors on […]

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How to Save for Retirement as a Self-employed Individual

by Ken Adel When it comes to saving for retirement, self-employed individuals sometimes face unique challenges compared to employees who work for a company that offers an employer-sponsored retirement plan. It’s fairly easy for employees to participate in a retirement plan at work — all they usually have to do is sign up for the […]

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Voilation of Rent Control Can Lead to a Consumer Fraud Claim

by Jonathan Mehl, Esq. A landlord is required to know the laws pertaining to the ownership and operation of a rental property.  This includes any municipal rent control ordinance.  If, a landlord raises a tenant’s rent in violation of the local rent control ordinance, the landlord can be found to have violated the New Jersey […]

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