Author Archive | James J. Delia

Noise!

Excessive noise can be a health hazard. It can affect your sleep, interfere with your concentration and raise your blood pressure. This has long been recognized by the New Jersey legislature. The New Jersey Noise Control Act of 1971 was enacted to protect us from excessive noise generated mostly by commercial, industrial, public service or […]

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Land Use Highlights

Once in a while, not often, we do like to brag. As many of you are likely aware, one of theFirm’sspecialtiesisinthefieldofLand Use. We spend a lot of late nights out before Land Use boards in the region assisting our clients in their efforts to develop projects from the ground up or to expand and upgrade […]

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COAH No More? Guess Again!

New Jersey Supreme Court, in the well known Mount Laurel decisions of 1975 and 1983, ruled that each municipality must provide a realistic opportunity to provide its fair share of affordable housing. As a result of the Mount Laurel II decision, the Court put each municipality’s “feet to the fire” by mandating the legislature to […]

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Do’s And Don’ts Of Refinancing

With all of the bad economic news we have faced in recent years, one glimmer of hope remains: The lowest mortgage rates in our lifetime. A 30 year fixed rate mortgage is attainable for under 5%. With such low rates, there has been an increase in refinances. According to the Mortgage Banker’s Association, a national […]

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Open Your Eyes To Haiti

A visit to Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest country, will cause sensory overload: the blistering heat; the sight of colorfully decorated buses called “tap-taps”; the peddlers walking along the sides of the streets carrying wares on their heads, or stationed along the road with candles glowing in the dark (there were no streetlights); the smell […]

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I Am Building A House . . . Can I Be Stopped?

After saving for years, you go to build your dream home. You spend hours with your designers, shop for your contractor and choose your materials. You finally file for your zoning and building permits, get your approvals and build! Construction begins. Things appear to be moving along nicely, and then the project comes to a […]

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Selling Your Home

The purchase of a home is one of the most important investments a person can make. Good planning and preparation is necessary. The hardest work is done up front. When issues are resolved at the beginning of the negotiating process, a “smooth closing” is sure to follow. (As lawyers, we much prefer a “friendly closing” […]

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The New Jersey Brownfields Act: Redevelopment of Contaminated Properties

In 1998, the New Jersey Legislature passed into law the “Brownfields and Contaminated Site Remediation Act.” The Legislature determined that due to New Jersey’s industrial history, large areas in the State’s urban and suburban areas formerly used for commercial and industrial purposes are at present either under used or abandoned; possibly contaminated with hazardous substances […]

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New Jersey “Lemon Law”

Among the many consumer oriented laws enacted by the State of New Jersey is the “Lemon Law”. The intent of the Lemon Law is to require manufacturers of new motor vehicles to correct defects originally covered under the manufacturers’ warranty and to provide procedures to expeditiously resolve disputes. If a defect impairs the “use, value […]

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