Category: Law & Legislation

Law & Legislation Controversy and Confusion
2002 Feb Controversy and Confusion

In October 2000 Judge Louis York (New York Supreme Court, First Judicial Department) issued a decision that annulled the City of New York’s lead-poisoning prevention statute, commonly called Local Law 38. In the many news articles and attor…

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Law & Legislation Your Legal Counsel
2001 Nov Your Legal Counsel

When your board hires a professional, you’re looking for someone they can trust to do good work on behalf of your building. This goal is doubly important when it comes to hiring and interacting with a lawyer for your co-op or condo building…

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Law & Legislation The Men Who Would Be Mayor
2001 Oct The Men Who Would Be Mayor

With all the recent grief and confusion in our city, it’s almost easy to forget that there was a mayoral primary scheduled for September 11th. Voting had barely started when terror descended on New York. As images of destruction and chao…

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Law & Legislation UCC Article 9 Revisions
2001 Jun UCC Article 9 Revisions

A couple years ago, I became genuinely surprised to learn of conflicting opinions throughout the legal community and in court decisions (including rulings from New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division) which centered on how to clas…

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Law & Legislation Co-op and Condo Renovations
2001 Jun Co-op and Condo Renovations

One of the unique features of performing construction work in a cooperative or condominium apartment is that it must usually be performed pursuant to an alteration agreement that addresses what, where, when and how construction work is to b…

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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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