DCA Proposes New Association Regulations Including Fines & Penalties
On June 3, 2019 the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs published proposed new association regulations. A copy of the DCA’s summary and the full text of the proposed amendments and new rules can be found here:
The proposed requirements are granular, and the proposed enforcement and penalty provisions should be carefully considered by board members, managers, management companies and professionals.
If you desire to submit an opinion, your opinions on the proposed amendments and new rules must be submitted in writing by August 2, 2019 to:
Department of Community Affairs
P.O. Box 800, Trenton, NJ 08625
Some proposed sections of note include:
N.J.A.C. 5:26-8.9(h)3 which proposes that: “All ballots shall be cast in an anonymous manner.”
N.J.A.C. 5:26-8.9(h)4 which proposes that: “If the bylaws permit, and the association member consents, a ballot may be cast electronically if it is administered by a neutral third party and anonymity is maintained.”
N.J.A.C. 5:26-8.10(a)2 which proposes that: “When affordable units represent a minority of units in the development, the bylaws shall reserve a seat or seats on the executive board for election by owners of affordable units.”
N.J.A.C. 5:26-8.12(a)2 which proposes that: “The board shall provide a brief explanation of the basis for and cost entailed in the matter that is the subject of any binding vote and include the explanation in the minutes for the meeting.”
N.J.A.C. 5:26-8.12(e)2. which proposes that: “A vote taken at a closed meeting shall not be binding. If the matter requires a binding vote, it shall be taken at a subsequent open meeting in a manner that does not disclose any confidences.”
N.J.A.C. 5:26-8.14(e) which proposes that: “The Department may levy and collect fines and may issue penalties as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:26-11. 1. For associations that are controlled by unit owners, the Department may issue cease and desist orders, may issue a monetary penalty, may transmit the case to the Office of Administrative Law, or may file and action in the Superior Court.”
Please contact me with any questions.
Francis J. McGovern, Jr., Esquire