Report: Co-op Board Threatens to Evict Family Over Daughter’s Night Terrors Family Says Noises Stem from a Traumatic Incident in 2015

Report: Co-op Board Threatens to Evict Family Over Daughter’s Night Terrors

Evictions in condos and co-ops are relatively rare, but they can happen for an array of reasons. Some examples include consistent refusal to make necessary payments; routine, severe conflicts with neighbors; destruction of communal property; or violent or profane outbursts. The list goes on, but a consistent factor is that the ordeal is extremely unpleasant for all parties involved.

To compare the experience to a nightmare would not be an exaggeration, but it’s quite literal in an ongoing case at a co-op building in Fort George.

In a story published last June in The New York Post, court papers detailed a situation in which the co-op board allegedly sought to evict an unidentified tenant family after neighbors complained about loud, upsetting cries and other vocalizations coming from the family's unit late at night. The disturbances, said the family, came from their daughter, who has suffered from severe night terrors after an assault in 2015.

The girl “was victimized by a crime and suffered and continues to suffer from psychological disabilities,” according to the family’s legal filing,

The co-op board allegedly declared the family “objectionable tenants” and threatened to terminate their lease unless the noises cease. The family appealed to the Manhattan Supreme Court to halt the eviction, arguing that the board’s move was a violation of their daughter’s civil rights.

The Post said that the Fort George co-op did not respond to messages for comment.

The Cooperator could find no evidence on whether the parties had reached an agreement as of this writing, but will follow the story as it develops.

Mike Odenthal is a staff writer for The Cooperator.

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  • I too have my own "Objectionable Conduct" story to tell. Back in March or so of 2018 I was presented a so called "Notice of Objectionable Conduct" from these board of directors at my co-op. The notice had about 10 or so bogus claims that I was accused of being guilty of. It had things like guilty of communicating with others, posting lewd materials, making housing complaints to 311, doing car work in the parking lot, having an unauthorized washing machine, damaging shareholder interests, vandalizing the building entrance door lock, engaging in forgery, ... all lies and all absurd and insane, personal agenda based with the intent of trying to acquire my unit for cheap by the bum co-op president who is a dead beat, never had a job, has a criminal record, prior eviction, and bankruptcy, real loser material. Nothing in the notice was true, and naturally no evidence to the contrary exist, so no objectionable conduct court proceedings have been filed at the housing court. I don't believe that the co-op board featured in this article can ever win in court for the reason they gave.