“Is This the Right Property for Me?” You’ve found a fantastic property for your new business.   By all appearances, your business plan has met its location.  Other buyers are also looking at the property, your realtor is eager to get your offer in, and you don’t want to lose the opportunity.   At the same time,…

This just keeps happening to even the best of us!  We can’t find an old building permit, zoning permit, inspection record, or similar document related to past work on our real estate.  Neither can the township.  Code has changed.  Inspectors have retired.  Goblins broke into the township, stole all the records for a tax block,…

New Jersey Right to Farm Act Pursuant to New Jersey’s Right to Farm Act, “commercial farms” may engage in certain protected activities, free from interference by local zoning. While building permits are required, local zoning approvals are not required if approved by the State Agricultural Development Committee (SADC). With such conditioned approvals, certain zoning requirements…

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…

I recently scaled back on my residential real estate closings, so that I can practice real estate law.  Confusing?  Let me explain. My real estate practice includes commercial, agricultural, and industrial transactions and disputes, land use/zoning, tax appeals, foreclosure, farming, landlord/tenant, and environmental issues.  This is in addition to counseling businesses in formation, contracts, regulatory compliance, and…

You know the old adage: “Every time I go online, all of my friends are getting married or having babies”? OK, so maybe in the days of Lincoln, no one was going online. Still, the rest holds true. The children of the 80’s and early 90’s are finding themselves entering into true adulthood. The time…

Government records are often a valuable tool for obtaining information relevant to a buyer’s due diligence, litigation, consideration of land use applications, and similar legal issues. Keep in mind, however, that the information received is only as reliable as the accuracy and precision of the search and/or OPRA request. Open Public Records Act The New…

I have increasingly been asked to review transactions or relief offers involving time shares and  and vacation properties where buyers find themselves suffering buyers’ remorse.  Many different issues have arisen over the years, but a common theme is that the contracts strongly favor the seller and provide challenges to relief for buyers, and the buyers…

Construction Boomed on the Jersey Shore Following Hurricane Sandy Following Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey’s shore experienced an influx of contractors seeking to demolish, re-build, repair, and/or elevate damaged homes.   General contractors, subcontractors, designers, and suppliers targeted Sandy victims, some even relocating from out-of-state. Many established and reputable companies provided services to Sandy Victims, and homes…

Farmland and Woodland Assessment Throughout Hunterdon County and surrounding areas, many landowners enjoy a reduced real estate tax assessment on their land, by devoting the land to agricultural use or woodland management. On August 1st of each year, these landowners must submit a form FA-1 to the municipality to establish their continued eligibility for the…