Looking to purchase property with contaminated soil and groundwater?  Probably not, unless you are a brownfield’s redeveloper. Most purchasers of commercial property are counting on their property being “clean.”  Environmental due diligence occurs in two phases: 1) review the current and historic activities at the property to determine if there exist areas of concern; and…

The New Jersey Anti-Eviction Act (N.J.S.A. 2A:18-53, et seq.) provides protections for tenants being wrongfully evicted. The law provides that landlords cannot simply evict a tenant. Instead, landlords must show good cause to remove the tenant before taking any eviction action. For example, landlords can seek to evict a tenant for non-payment of rent, habitual…

If you rent an apartment in New Jersey, you likely had to pay a security deposit before you moved in. While you may have paid your security deposit, you may not be fully aware of the rights and rules related to the security deposit and how they affect you. Security Deposits, in New Jersey, are…

Attorney Nicole L. Voigt is the January 2016 spotlight member of Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc. New Jersey (CREW NJ).  To review CREW NJ’s interview of Ms. Voigt, click HERE.  CREW NJ is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 that promotes communication and interaction between experienced commercial real estate professionals in New Jersey. CREW NJ…

When Can Commercial Tenants Appeal? N.J.S.A. 54:3-21 authorizes any aggrieved tax payer to file an appeal, subject to other jurisdictional requirements.   The Superior Court has confirmed that, if tenant’s lease term covers an entire tax year, and the tenant is require to pay the real estate taxes applicable to the premises, the tenant is generally…

CREW NJ, Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey, has approved attorney Nicole L. Voigt for active membership.  The CREW Network is a national organization dedicated to advancing the professional development of women in commercial real estate through educational meetings and seminars, and promoting opportunity for business growth through networking on a local, state, and…

In New Jersey, most residential tenants are not required to move out at the end of the lease term.* Surprised? So are many attorneys and realtors. In fact, I typically need to repeat this statement a few times while it sinks in. “Most residential tenants are not required to move out at the end of…

Courts, Modifications, Short Sales, and Deed-in-Lieu By Nicole L. Voigt, Esq., Attorney at Law Homeowners facing foreclosure find themselves in a marketplace.  They receive solicitations from private companies guaranteeing work-outs (be careful – these are often scams).  They hear newscasts of branded government programs intended to save homes.  They receive notice of the opportunity to…

Your real estate taxes are based upon the assessed value of your property.  Every year, the municipal tax assessor determines the value of your home, with the annual real estate assessment.  Your assessment includes two parts:  the value of the land, and the value of the building, for a total assessed value.  The assessment is…

The below checklist is for informational purposes only, and does not exclude the Landlord from complying with any other requirements imposed by local, state, or federal law, nor does it replace the advise of an attorney.  Not all requirements apply to all properties.  Review the lease prepared by your attorney specifically for the property to…