The Critical Importance Of Properly Serving A Construction Lien Claim (NJ)

So, you properly file your construction lien claim within the time allowed by the New Jersey Construction Lien Law (“CLL”), and then timely send out a copy of the lien by certified and ordinary mail to the address of the condominium building where you performed your work. All set, right? Not so fast, according to a New Jersey appellate panel.   In the newly-issued, unpublished decision, Santander Condominium Assoc., Inc. v. AA Construction 1 Corp., Docket No. A-0525-15T3 (N.J. App. Div., October 13, 2017), the Appellate Division upheld a trial court’s decision ordering the discharge of a subcontractor’s construction lien claim upon the application of the condominium association (the “Association”) against whose property the lien was filed, and awarding attorneys’ fees and court costs to the Association.    Read the article…………….

Enormous fire tears through condo complex in Lakewood (NJ)

Firefighters battled a raging blaze Friday afternoon that engulfed a building of a large Lakewood condo complex.  The fire broke out around 2:30 p.m. at Covington Village, a community for people over 55 years old, on Sophee Lane. An army of firefighters doused the building with powerful jets of water as a crowd of distraught onlookers gazed at the scene.    Read the article……………………

Judge rejects attempts to end Ramapo Mountain Lakes lawsuit (NJ)

A Superior Court judge rejected attempts Thursday to put an end to a controversial dues lawsuit that has roiled a former summer resort community in Oakland since the beginning of the year.  Judge Christine Farrington denied a motion by Ramapo Mountain Lakes, Inc., or RML, for a summary judgment that would have ordered 1,645 property owners in the 700-acre site to pay annual membership dues, even though many residents argue they were never notified of their obligations and should not have to pay.     Read the article…………….

Teen Vandals Wreak Havoc In Howell, New Jersey Condo Complex

A condo complex in New Jersey is under attack. Residents said teen vandals are destroying anything and everything in sight.  As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, a series of crimes in the Point O’ Woods Development in Howell has residents on edge.  “We are having a board meeting on Thursday, going to discuss it. One thing I want to suggest is putting a camera out in the community,” Beth Valentine said.     Read the article…………….

New Jersey Supreme Court Clarifies Statute of Limitations in Construction Defect Cases

In The Palisades at Fort Lee Condominium Association, Inc. v. 100 Old Palisade, LLC, ___ N.J. ___ (2017), the plaintiff was the Condominium Association that brought suit based upon defects in the condominium building after the Association took over control from the Sponsor and after the Association obtained its own engineering report. Summary judgment on statute of limitations grounds was obtained by the defendants in the trial court; the Appellate Division reversed.   Read the article……………

Justices: Condo Association Can’t Reset Clock on Construction Defect Claim (NJ)

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a condominium association can’t restart the clock on the six-year statute of limitations for construction defects after acquiring a former rental property.  The justices reversed an Appellate Division ruling that found three suits filed against contractors by the Palisades at Fort Lee Condominium Association on various dates in March and April 2009 and September 2010 were within the six-year limit because the association received notice of construction defects in the building in an engineer’s report issued in June 2007.      Read the article………..

Fire forces Atlantic City condo residents to evacuate (NJ)

A fire at the Ritz Condominiums on Wednesday prompted an evacuation of the building.  The fire broke out about 10 a.m. on the Belmont Avenue side of the 18-story building, according to two contractors working at the site.  Residents reported seeing and smelling smoke and knowing the fire alarm — which they said goes off sometimes when there isn’t a fire — was signaling a real fire.    Read the article……………..

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