New Jersey Community Association Lawyers

For several decades Kates, Nussman, Rapone, Ellis & Farhi, LLP has provided a full array of legal services to community associations (i.e. condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners associations) in New Jersey. We provide high quality representation for large (over 1000+ units) and small (3 unit) associations including high rise, mid-rise, garden apartment, town home, and single family home communities, and have extensive knowledge and experience in this field.

Our community association lawyers have been involved in successfully prosecuting significant cases in the field such as Sulcov v. 2100 Linwood Owners, Inc., 303 N.J. Super. 13 (App. Div. 1997)), actively participating in developing community association law through organizations such as the Community Associations Institute New Jersey Chapter Legislative Action Committee, and frequently lecturing to lawyers, property managers, and board members on topics relevant to community association law.

Legal services that we provide to associations include, among other things:

  • General corporate advice;
  • Collection of arrears;
  • Contract review;
  • Interpretation of governing documents;
  • Preparation of amendments to governing documents, rules and regulations, and corporate resolutions;
  • Advising board members on their fiduciary duties;
  • Enforcement of covenants, rules and restrictions;
  • Alternate dispute resolution;
  • Elections;
  • Risk management advice;
  • Assistance with insurance coverage disputes;
  • Assistance with transition from developer to owner control;
  • Construction defect litigation;
  • Conversion from rental to condominium or cooperative ownership forms;
  • Cooperative share transfers;
  • Cooperative and condominium financing transactions, such as loan and mortgages closings;
  • Advising boards on disability accommodation requests;
  • Tax appeals for cooperatives and groups of condominium unit owners; and,
  • General litigation.

Representative clients include:

  • Horizon House Co-op in Fort Lee, consisting of 1266 apartment units spanning 6 buildings;
  • Buckingham Towers Condominium in Fort Lee, consisting of 193 units in a high rise;
  • The Pembroke co-op in Fort Lee, consisting of 190 units in a high rise;
  • Admiral’s Walk Condominium in Edgewater, consisting of 270 units in two high rises;
  • Valley Terrace Condominium in Wayne, consisting of 309 units in garden style apartments
  • The Whitehall Co-op in Hackensack, consisting of 150 units in a high rise
  • Mediterranean West Co-op in Fort Lee, consisting of 507 units in a high rise
  • The Breckenridge at Wayne Condominium, consisting of 60 units in a high rise
  • Winston Towers 200 Condominium in Cliffside Park consisting of over 600 units in a high rise
  • The Lenox Condominium Association in Union City consisting of 300 units in a high rise

If you have legal issues relating to community associations, please contact firm partner Matthew Z. Earle or Joel M. Ellis.