Category: Law & Legislation

Law & Legislation The Battle for Access
2001 Jun The Battle for Access

Perhaps you’ve seen the commercials on television; a mob of people shouting “The Internet is slow as heck, and we’re not going to take it anymore!” Or the one where a succession of comedians tell jokes beginning with “My internet service is…

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Law & Legislation Passing the 80/20 Test
2001 Jun Passing the 80/20 Test

The Internal Revenue Code’s Section 216 authorizes cooperative apartment owners to receive a pass-through tax deduction for their proportionate share of the mortgage interest and real estate taxes paid by a qualifying co-op corporation. One…

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Law & Legislation East vs. West
2001 Jun East vs. West

Beyond the obvious differences—taxicabs versus cacti, towering high-rises versus wide-open spaces, big business versus big-sky country—there’s more separating the New York real estate scene from the rest of the country than just geography a…

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Law & Legislation Licensing Property Managers
2001 Jun Licensing Property Managers

Over the past decade, numerous pieces of legislation have been introduced at the state and city levels calling for the licensing of property managers in New York State. None have been passed, but a new bill, S279 sponsored by New York State…

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Law & Legislation Your Rights and Obligations
2001 Feb Your Rights and Obligations

Your roof terrace leaked and the neighbor below you sued for damages. Do you have any recourse? The heating system in your apartment failed to work and the managing agent sent you the bill for its repair. Do you have to pay? You bought a do…

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Law & Legislation Regulated Renters' Rights
2000 Sep Regulated Renters' Rights

Think you don’t need the services of that 24-hour doorman in your co-op anymore? Better check with the rent stabilized tenants with whom you share the building. Chances are their leases provide protection against the elimination of building…

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Law & Legislation Terminating Sponsor Leases
2000 Aug Terminating Sponsor Leases

Many New York City co-ops have garages leased to the sponsor dating back to the co-op’s conversion. Though these garages, described by one judge as "a veritable gold-mine," throw off riches mostly to the sponsor, a little-known federal stat…

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Law & Legislation Laying Down the Law
2000 Jun Laying Down the Law

New York, my old home state, presently litigates all co-op and condo disputes. Litigation, however, continually proves to be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. Perhaps it’s time for New York to consider compulsory mediation-arbitrati…

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Law & Legislation Board Members Beware
2000 Jun Board Members Beware

As we enter the 21st Century, issues of equality continue to be a problem in the United States. As such, government has created a complex set of laws to protect people from discrimination, but the problem has still not gone away. The respon…

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