FDCPA & Debts That Can Cause Despair

The Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) 15 U.S.C.A. § 1692, et seq. applies to attorneys engaged in the collection of debt for community associations. The language contained in demand letters is a frequent source of FDCPA litigation. Liability is often imposed based on certain words contained in or omitted from the letter.    Read the article……………….

Ramapough Indians File Federal Lawsuit Against Town, Polo Club (NJ)

The Ramapough Lenape Nation filed a federal lawsuit Monday that alleges the town has illegally fined them $480,000 and is taking away the tribe’s constitutional rights.  The land, which the tribe calls the Sweet Water Prayer Site, is at the mouth of the Ramapo and Mahwah rivers. It is “a sacred site of immense importance to the Ramapoughs,” who have held “prayer and community cultural assembly” there for centuries. Religious ceremonies, pipe ceremonies, and sweat-lodge sessions are held on the land, the complaint states. The tribe’s sacred prayer circle and a stone altar are on the site. Other structures were erected in protest of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline in New Jersey and the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.    Read the article……………..

Q&A: Barking Dog – Please Help! (NJ)

Q: Our community has a resident who leaves their unattended, large service dog on the balcony. The dog barks once or twice every time it sees anyone walk by. This goes on all day and evening. The tenant is a renter and efforts to have them keep the dog inside have failed. Please help!    Read the Q&A……………..

Condominium complex fire displaces dozens of residents (NJ)

A fast-moving fire at a southern New Jersey condominium complex has displaced more than 50 residents.  But the cause of the fire at Willingboro Square remains under investigation.  The blaze started around 4:15 p.m. Monday in a corner unit of the complex in Willingboro. Dozens of firefighters soon responded and were able to bring the blaze under control in about 90 minutes.     Read the article……………..

60 Acre Residents: Silence Becomes A “Yes” Vote (NJ)

Signs were seen and signatures sought as part of an effort by residents of the 60 Acre Reserve Condominium Association to modify a measure coming up for a vote concerning electronic voting.  Resident Robert Skinner, who heads the 60 Acre Reserve Activists Facebook page, spearheaded a rally on April 21 to bring awareness of the issue that involves the idea of the development’s residents voting on association issues via e-mail.    Read the article…………….

Osborn Island Residents Talk Dredging Assessment (NJ)

Starting in 2008, members of the Osborn Island Residents Association, tired of the low water and mud in their lagoons, put their heads and resources together and began the process of obtaining permits to be able to dredge the lagoons. Collectively, they raised $100,000 toward the project from the homeowners, hired engineers who hired scientific testing firms to find out if the mud was contaminated (it is not), and obtained the permits from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection.   Read the article……………….

Massive blaze rips through condo complex, displaces more than 50 residents (NJ)

More than 50 people were displaced following a large fire in an condominium complex in Willingboro on Monday afternoon.  The fire broke out around 4:15 p.m. in a corner unit of the complex of the 7100 building on Millennium Drive in Willingboro, the township fire department said.  It grew to three alarms and took firefighters from several departments in Burlington County about 90 minutes to bring under control, fire officials said.    Read the article…………….