Category: Law & Legislation

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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Law & Legislation Local Law 11
1999 Mar Local Law 11

You can't walk down a Manhattan street these days without passing under one or more sidewalk sheds erected to protect pedestrian and vehicular traffic from pieces of building exterior that might fall. Local Law 10 of 1980 and the recently-e…

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Law & Legislation Cover Story: Legislative Agenda '99
1999 Mar Cover Story: Legislative Agenda '99

If you think you can't make a difference, think again. One very important benefit of membership in local and national organizations for co-op and condo residents is that they get your voices heard by city, state and federal law makers. The …

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Law & Legislation Board Denials on the Rise
1997 Oct Board Denials on the Rise

As the resale value and demand for cooperative apartments increase and the supply of available units decreases, purchasers are facing denials for admission to co-op buildings in record number. There was a time when many co-op boards concl…

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Law & Legislation Voting by Proxy
1997 Jul/Aug Voting by Proxy

When it comes to decision-making in your building, attending meetings in person is always best. But should the need arise, shareholders and unit owners are permitted to vote in board elections and other matters of corporate governance by pr…

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Law & Legislation Passing on Co-ops
1997 Jun Passing on Co-ops

Maintaining authority over sales by estates has become a difficult challenge for co-op boards of directors. It is essential for co-ops to be reasonably assured that future maintenance payments will be made and that they will be able to c…

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Law & Legislation The Subtle Art of Mediation
1996 May The Subtle Art of Mediation

Several years ago, before relocating to Westchester County, I served as board president at my 112-unit co-op building in Manhattan. Like most co-ops, we had a history of occasional disputes between tenants and among board members. But, by u…

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