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BeckerNorth – COVID-19: Everything You Need to Know

Welcome to BeckerNorth’s resource page on COVID-19. We are updating this information on a daily basis. Given the evolving nature of this medical crisis some of the information in older articles may have changed. All of this information is posted to educate and inform our clients but does not constitute specific legal advice for your community. Please consult your Becker attorney for questions specific to your community.


A Message from Our Managing Shareholder, Gary C. Rosen

Dear Clients and Friends: With the federal government issuing a state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the World Health Organization…

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Gary Rosen

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Community Association

Omicron Spike in COVID-19 and Amenities

We are receiving many requests for advice from associations with indoor facilities asking whether they should close their indoor facilities due to the recent surge of the Omicron variant.

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Exercising with Caution

NEW INFO: Exercising with Caution – Requirements for Gym Openings In New Jersey

NOTE: The following are the most current guidelines and replace those mentioned in our September 2020 post.

On August 27, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 181 (2020) (the “Order”), setting forth requirements for opening health clubs, as defined by N.J.S.A. 56:8-39, which includes gyms and fitness centers. …

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Exercising with Caution

COVID-19 Stole the Holidays?

The holidays are a time for celebration and cheer, but just like everything else, they’ll look a little bit different this year. Join members of our Community Association Practice for a discussion on how boards and managers can safely navigate this holiday season in the midst of a pandemic…

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COVID Stole the Holidays

Updated Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance for State and Local Governments

On Monday, September 21, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released updated guidance in the form of an FAQ document…

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Updated Covid Relief

Exercising with Caution | Requirements for Gym Openings in New Jersey

On August 27, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 181 (2020) (the “Order”), setting forth requirements for opening health clubs, as defined by N.J.S.A. 56:8-39, which includes gyms and fitness centers…

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Exercising with Caution

CAI-New Jersey Legislative Action Committee Receives National LAC of the Year Award

The Community Association Institute of New Jersey’s Legislative Action Committee has received the Legislative Action Committee of the Year award. The award recognizes “a state legislative action committee for demonstrated organizational excellence, strong member support, and successfully raising the visibility and effectiveness of CAI.”…

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National LAC of the Year Award

Martin Cabalar Appears in Part Two of ,“You Have the Building, We Have the Solution”

Becker Shareholder Martin Cabalar participated as an expert panelist in part two of “You Have the Building, We Have the Solution,” a weekly series hosted by Planned…

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Martin Cabalar

Webinar: New Jersey Community Association Regulatory Language Gets Long-Awaited Update

For over 30 years the regulatory language regarding a developer’s formation of the initial budgets for community associations in New Jersey has left a lot to the…

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NJ Community Association

Martin Cabalar Appears in Webinar, “You Have the Building, We Have the Solution”

Becker Shareholder Martin Cabalar participated as an expert panelist in “You Have the Building, We Have the Solution,” a weekly series hosted by Planned Companies…

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Martin Cabalar Webinar

Opening the Flood Gates

On June 9, Governor Murphy announced that public swimming pools, including community association pools, may open on June 22, 2020, provided compliance with all…

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Opening the Flood Gates

New Regulations for Common Interest Communities Concerning Elections and Board Meetings

he New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards (DCA) published new regulations under the Planned Real Estate Development Full…

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New Regulations for Common Interest

David Ramsey Participates in “The New Normal: ReOpening Communities,” Webinar Presented by CAI

New Jersey shareholder David Ramsey participated in a Community Associations Institute (CAI) national webinar, “The Next Normal: Reopening Communities.” As…

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Ramsey Participates in New Normal Reopening

Tennis Courts – Executive Order 147

On May 18 Governor Murphy’s Executive Order #147 (“EO”) was published. The order, among other matters, permits the opening of private “tennis clubs” subject…

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Tennis Courts Executive Order 147

Incremental Steps to Reopening

Community associations across the state have been waiting for some sign of normalcy after enduring over nine weeks of extraordinary restrictions commencing when…

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Incremental Steps to Reopening

Using Mortgage Forbearance to Free Up Money to Pay Assessments

As many homeowners are presently facing a job loss or reduction in their income, they are now more worried than ever about how they are going to pay their bills moving…

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Using Mortgage Forbearance

Governor Murphy’s Executive Order to Cease All Non-Essential Construction Projects: The Impact on Community Associations

Governor Murphy recently signed Executive Order No. 122, which, among other things, requires that all “non-essential” construction projects cease as of April 10, 2020…

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Governor Murphys Executive Order

COVID-19, Coronavirus: The Impact on Open Meetings

Many of our communities have asked whether it is permissible to conduct association business, particularly board meetings at which binding votes are taken, via e-mail…

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Impact on Open Meetings

What Impact Will the Coronavirus have on Your Community Association’s Ability to Collect Maintenance Fees?

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) hits home, the uncertainty of its far-reaching economic ramifications has left community associations wondering if this crisis will…

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Impact of COVID on Community Associations

Governor Murphy’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order: What Does it Mean and What Your Community Should Do

On March 21, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 107, requiring all New Jersey residents to “remain at home or at their place of residence,” unless otherwise…

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Stay At Home Executive Order

COVID-19: What Should Community Associations Do

We are in a challenging time. In just a few weeks, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has upended life as we knew it. As a result, all of our communities are wondering…

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What Should Community Associations Do

COVID-19: Technology and Social Distancing

COVID-19 has introduced new challenges to the way we meet and work together in our communities. Many of our daily community association activities include…

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Tech and Social Distancing

COVID-19: Considerations for Community Associations with Employees

With rapidly evolving COVID-19 developments, we understand that this is a difficult time for community associations. As such, we are taking each day with a wait…

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Considerations for Community Associations

Coronavirus – What to Do Now?

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has all of us on tenterhooks, wondering where the next case will occur. The 24/7 news cycle gives us a constant drumbeat of…

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Covid What to do Now


Nasdaq Adopts Emergency Temporary Relief due to the Spread of COVID-19

As a result of the market uncertainty unleashed by the COVID-19 crisis, the Nasdaq Stock Market (“Nasdaq”) has seen an increased number of issuers become non-compliant with…

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NASDAQ Adopts Emergency Relief

Recent SEC Actions in the Wake of COVID-19

In light of the unprecedented disruptions associated with COVID-19, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has recently released a …

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Recent SEC Actions in the Wake of Covid

What Lenders Should CARE About in the New Stimulus Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act became law on March 27, 2020. While its main purpose is to fund relief and address the coronavirus pandemic…

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What Lenders Should Care About

COVID-19 | Considerations for Lenders

We understand the global pandemic is affecting lenders in myriad ways, including both in their own businesses as well as their borrowers. Over the past several…

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COVID Considerations for Lenders


NYS Court of Appeals Amends Its Rules of Practice

As part of the New York Appellate Courts’ continuing efforts to re-open and address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the New York State Court…

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NYs Court of Appeals Amends its Rules

COVID-19 and FINRA Arbitrations – FINRA Announcement on Postponements

Due to COVID-19, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said Monday that it has postponed all in-person arbitration and mediation proceedings scheduled through July 3…

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COVID 19 Finra Arbitrations

COVID-19 and the NYS Litigation Frontier

As we continue “to boldly go where no one has gone before,” the New York State Unified Court System announced yesterday that beginning Monday, April 13, its virtual…

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COVID and NYS Litigation Frontier

Real Estate

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Effect On Association Collections

Since the early days in March 2020, the discussion during the COVID-19 pandemic has been about, among other related issues, Stay at Home Executive Orders, closing and then opening businesses, flattening the curve, wearing masks and social distancing. These discussions and decisions are understandable however association collection attorneys, (on a less public stage) have dealt with attempts by the federal and state government to cease all association collection efforts as well as dealing with potential requests for accommodations based upon the failure of unit owners and homeowners to pay their Common Expenses or maintenance fees to their association….

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COVID and its Effect on Association Collections