Real Estate / Land Use – Planning & Zoning Laws

Land Use and Zoning Attorney


Whether selling or buying real estate, knowing NJ real estate laws is important to help you to make the right legal decisions. The first thing you need to do if you are selling is get an attorney. The attorney’s job is to review your contract and help you to make any revisions necessary to ensure it is legally binding.

The Law Firm of Chiarolanza, DeAngelis and DiGiacomo have been handling real estate transactions for the past 35 years. Our practice focuses on all types of real estate transactions from the purchase or sale of a home to complex commercial real estate transactions. This firm has handled thousands of closings in Morris County and the surrounding area. We also handle the closing of title and closing of loans for residential and commercial mortgages. We are experienced in title transactions and work closely with the title company to clear any legal issues.

New Jersey Homestead Laws

In New Jersey, homestead protection law comes from the federal government. This allows homeowners who are threatened with foreclosure or eviction to remain in their homes in some certain cases.

New Jersey Adverse Possession Laws

Adverse possession law in the state of New Jersey may allow individuals who publicly inhabit and improve a home or other residence to obtain title to that property.

New Jersey Lease and Rental Agreement Laws

New Jersey law governs tenant-landlord relationships, which are formed contractually through rental or lease agreements; and include valuable information about security deposit limits, prohibited forms of discrimination, and much more.

Some of the most common types of New Jersey Property and Real Estate Laws are:

  • New Jersey Adverse Possession Laws
  • New Jersey Leases and Rental Agreements Laws
  • Property Line and Fence Laws in New Jersey
  • New Jersey Security Deposit Laws
  • New Jersey Civil Statute of Limitations Laws
  • New Jersey Homestead Laws
  • New Jersey Tenant Rights Laws



New Jersey land use laws involve the development and use of public and private land. Municipalities use zoning laws to regulate the use of land and the way in which local property is developed. There are numerous legal issues pertaining to land use. Having a qualified attorney on your side can greatly help you resolve these issues. Our law firm can help you navigate the sometimes complicated zoning laws and land use regulations for private and commercial real estate situations.

Our real estate practice covers the full spectrum of land use and zoning matters, including:

  • Site Plan Approvals
  • Variances (Bulk and Use)
  • Easement Disputes
  • Litigation
  • Retail
  • Subdivision Approvals
  • Zoning Permits
  • Challenges to Zoning Appeals
  • Housing Developments
  • Grading Permits
  • Special Use Permits
  • Environmental Issues
  • Regional Shopping Centers
  • Setback Variances

Sometimes the approval process doesn’t move as quickly or smoothly as desired or expected. There are times when an approval is denied and an appeal becomes necessary.  In these situations, our real estate attorneys will aggressively advocate for the rights of our clients.  We can file a prerogative writ action in the New Jersey Superior Court. Our attorneys have represented parties objecting to land use and zoning applications, as well as filing appeals on behalf of objectors asserting that the board should not have granted the requested variance.

At the Law Firm of Chiarolanza, DeAngelis and DiGiacomo, we handle all types of Land Use applications before planning boards and boards of adjustment. We obtain variances, subdivisions, site- plan approval, and other types of relief for our clients throughout the Morris County area. We regularly appear before the Planning Board and Board of Adjustment/ Zoning Board on these types of applications.

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