This week the New Jersey Appellate Division issued its Order and Opinion in the case of Collins v. PJW Servs., 2021 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1556. Plaintiffs owned a home in Haddonfield, New Jersey, and wanted to add an extension, including a second story. Plaintiffs retained the services of an architect to design the architectural plans, bid the project, and to oversee construction. To perform the actual work, Plaintiffs hired PJW Services (PJW).

Shortly after construction commenced, Plaintiffs noticed water leaks in their garage and brought this issue to the attention of their builder on December 12, 2010. As most contractors do, PJW assured Plaintiffs the leak was insignificant since the roof work was still ongoing. PJW further advised that once the roof was sealed, the leak would no longer be a problem. Unfortunately for Plaintiffs, that was not the case.


Continue Reading Construction Defects and New Jersey’s Statute of Limitations – When to File Suit

In an unpublished case addressing a peculiar repair, the Appellate Division recently reiterated one of the basics of common interest ownership: When in doubt, read your documents. Waldstein v. Highview at Hawthorne Ass’n, Inc., A-2281-05T1 (June 12, 2007).
Continue Reading To determine who is responsible for repair or replacement, read your documents

In 1978, the Legislature adopted The New Home Warranty and Builders’ Registration Act, N.J.S.A. 46:3B-1 to -20 (Act). Participating homeowners are permitted to make claims to the Program for defects caused by (1) Afaulty workmanship and defective materials due to noncompliance with the building standards,” (2) faulty installation of plumbing, electrical, [and] heating and cooling