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Q&A: Windows Need Replacement

Q. I live in a co-op in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The windows in the entire co-op are in bad need of replacement. We live right off the river and it can be extremely windy and cold. I inquired with management if window replacement might be on their list of upcoming projects, as many projects are being done. Other owners have also complained about their windows. 

Management pursued talks with a private window company and connected them with owners who were interested in replacement. The individual owners would sign contracts and bear the costs of their replacement.

When I previously spoke with management about whose responsibility it would be to replace the windows, management’s reply to me was that it is in my proprietary lease—but in reading the lease, it appears to be management’s responsibility. When I approached management with this information, their reply was to me, “I never told you it was not our responsibility; these are owners who want their windows replaced now.”

I attended a meeting between those owners who were interested in replacement and the window company. Management was there and verbalized that they would consider doing this window replacement piecemeal every year.

Is this appropriate per the proprietary lease, and do the owners have a recourse?

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Comments

  • There is no mention of the 'Board's' knowledge or involvement in the matter. This may not be the 'management agent' being 'obstreperous' - just following orders and being the shadow that the cooperative board hides behind. Since when are 'windows' the shareholders responsibility? Is a building complete without a structural component - the windows -? Can you buy an apartment without windows? Is the cooperative going to dictate what type/style of windows a shareholder can install?