Firm Prevails in Long Beach Island Land Use Case

By |2022-05-20T07:29:04-05:00May 20th, 2022|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, Litigation, Litigation Cases, Verdicts and Settlements|

Last year, Szaferman Lakind was retained to represent a developer on Long Beach Island on the appeal of a denial of subdivision approval.  Our client wanted to convert a defunct bar into a residential development and applied to subdivide the property into six (6) residential lots in Long Beach Township.  In an effort to [...]

The Role of OPRA Requests in Due Diligence Review of Real Property

By |2022-03-29T10:03:56-05:00March 29th, 2022|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use|

By: Jeffrey M. Hall & Max H. Steinberg, Esqs Purchasing a property can be both exceptionally difficult and extremely stressful.[1]  While it is commonplace and standard practice for sellers to make representations about a property and to provide prospective purchasers with voluminous records, it is critical that a purchaser takes on the responsibility of [...]

Emergency Rules For New Jersey Public Meetings Adopted

By |2020-12-10T09:26:19-05:00December 9th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, COVID-19|

By: Jeffrey Hall With the advent of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, local government in New Jersey has had to scramble to continue to function while greatly restricting public access to government buildings and public meetings. Within weeks of Governor Murphy’s issuance of emergency orders, the Division of Local Government Services (DLGS) of the Department [...]

Burlington County Taxpayers Take Notice

By |2020-10-07T13:02:01-05:00October 7th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use|

By: Jeffrey Hall Major changes affecting the rights of Burlington County taxpayers will take affect this year and next year.  Since the 1980s, the deadline to file a tax appeal has been April 1st of the tax year (May 1st in the case of municipalities who have a revaluation) and the property assessment notification [...]

COVID-19 Impacts on Boards of Adjustment and Planning Boards in New Jersey

By |2020-06-01T10:58:53-05:00June 1st, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, COVID-19|

By: Jeffrey Hall As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in the Tri-State area, it has had profound effects on the business of government.  The procedures involved in the planning and zoning process in New Jersey have been significantly impacted.  It seems that the Planning and Zoning Boards in every municipality have abandoned their usual [...]

Zoning v. Handicap: A Case of Conflict

By |2020-05-05T10:24:58-05:00May 5th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use|

By: Bruce Sattin An interesting case at the intersection of zoning and discrimination law was recently decided by a Federal District Court Judge in New Jersey. Joanne Gifford owns a home in a redevelopment zone in Jersey City. Ms. Gifford suffers from medical issues that restrict her mobility and prevent her from walking any [...]

The Deadline to Appeal New Jersey Assessments Extends Indefinitely

By |2020-04-29T08:44:52-05:00April 29th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, COVID-19|

By: Jeffrey Hall This has been a most unusual tax appeal season.  Normally, most assessments must be appealed by April 1st (May 1st in a revaluation municipality) but not this year!  On March 19, the Supreme Court issued an Order under the authority of the New Jersey Constitution.  NJ CONST. ART. VI Sec. 2, [...]

Ongoing Storm Rule Banished From New Jersey

By |2020-04-17T15:10:37-05:00April 16th, 2020|Business, Commercial Real Estate & Land Use|

By: Jeffrey Hall In a decision approved for publication, the Appellate Division decided the case of Pareja v. Princeton International Properties,___N.J. Super___ DOCKET NO. A-2111-18T3 (App. Div. April 9, 2020).  This decision lays to rest the long-standing notion that the so-called “ongoing storm rule” protected commercial property owners from liability from slip-and-fall claims that [...]

Variance Clears the Way for Independent Living Facility in Hamilton Township

By |2020-08-06T13:16:13-05:00January 11th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, Litigation Cases, Verdicts and Settlements|

Lionel J. Frank obtained a variance from the Hamilton Township Zoning Board of Adjustment to allow construction of a new care program for seniors in the Greater Mercer County area. LIFE St. Francis is a new, community based long-term care program that allows elderly individuals who would have no option other than a nursing home [...]

$1 Million Property Tax Appeal Settlement

By |2020-08-06T13:05:25-05:00January 11th, 2020|Commercial Real Estate & Land Use, Litigation Cases, Verdicts and Settlements|

$1 Million Property Tax Appeal Settlement Bob Gladstone, Of Counsel, recently obtained a recovery package in excess of $1 million in a property tax assessment appeal case. Our client, a 150-acre shore area country club and golf course, filed an appeal of their property assessment over three years ago. Unable to reach a favorable [...]

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