Hoboken Legal Beagle – 6/10/2008

6/10/2008:

A two-for-Tuesday Legal Beagle special today, with a couple short-n-sweet questions and answers:

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Residency without legal documentation

“I am currently living with a friend, without a lease or any legal documentation. I need to demonstrate proof of residency, but have nothing to prove I live there (Mail not acceptable). I was thinking of signing a lease with the friend, just to have something official. Is there a standard lease I can use that could be signed between just the two of us? Or does this require getting lawyers or brokers involved?”

411 Legal Beagle Says:
You can try using a standard New Jersey Realtor lease, it will look really official, but a utility bill is usually what is wanted, just a lease is not enough for most uses, but since you didn’t say why you need proof of residency, there is not much more I can say.

BBQ Code

“I was wondering what the ordinance or the code is for outdoor grills on an approximately 350 sq ft concrete balcony on the upper level of a condo building? Please let me know. Thank you!”

411 Legal Beagle Says:
God help us all if the Government is regulating outdoor grill size, but check with your condo association rules and regulations and also check if the kind of grill you want is allowed, i.e.; propane, charcoal, gas etc..

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17 Comments on "Hoboken Legal Beagle – 6/10/2008"

truth1
Member
truth1

In Hoboken, contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention at 201-420-2268 for the BBQ info. In general, propane is prohibited since it is too close to the building openings on patios, balconies and such. The NJ Fire Code covers these appliances. You may be surprised to know that charcoal even with the use of a mininum amount of flammable liquid is allowed in the code. Electric grills are preferred by safety experts.

imahog
Guest
imahog

Grills are investigated after you call to complain to either the local fire department or fire marshall. You do not have to give your name. Even grills on the sidewalk are outlawed depending on the situation (number of feet from the building, under a canopy etc.) Just call the fire department.
This legal beagle is no where near as helpful as the readers of the column.
Regarding abandoned buildings, its very easy to find out the problem with a few calls, especially in a SMALL town like Hoboken. It is probably in probate. If there are marks in red paint on the building it usually means the fire department has declared it a hazard and it cannot be entered. Most likely it is just in probate. Call the health department and they will inspect the weeds. THey are required to enter and look at the back yard. Take pictures. These comments apply to JC too.

Katie_Scarlett
Member

[quote comment=”87582″]Does legal beagle actually have any legal experience? Obviously the question is about BBQ grill distance from the building, not grill size.

At least they were less snooty this week. I guess it’s not that time of the month anymore.[/quote]
I think that more than one person is the beagle, and the this one isn’t the snarky beagle. I think snarky beagle has more legal knowledge/time to look things up, and this beagle is more of a “Look at me, I’m a lawyer, I don’t know about this stuff, but at least I’ll be nice to you” beagle.

The nasty beagle at least appears to have some legal skills in relevant areas.

I don’t’ think this beagle (above) is particularly bright.

But you might be right, it could be one chick who answers when she’s on the rag sometimes. And the rag must make her smarter. :mrgreen:

homeworld
Member

Does legal beagle actually have any legal experience? Obviously the question is about BBQ grill distance from the building, not grill size.

At least they were less snooty this week. I guess it’s not that time of the month anymore.

jpl
Member

Would someone’s homeowners insurance cover either damage to the insured unit, or to someone elses unit in the same building if they started a fire with an ‘illegal’ grill?

I could imagine the insurance company putting up a strong fight to not pay a claim, but thats just speculation.

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