Category: Q&A

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2021 April Q&A: Should a Shareholder Pay for a Long-Staying Guest?

Q. Can a co-op charge the shareholder a fee if they have guests for long periods of time? Can we ask for photo IDs?                                     —Reluctant Host A. “A ‘long period of time’ may be shorter than you think,” says a…

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2021 April Q&A: Proxy Abuse?

Q. We have a president of our co-op board that has been president for almost 30 years because he collects proxies from the shareholders who will not attend the yearly meeting and uses them to either reelect himself or others that side wit…

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Q&A: Subleasing a Co-op

Q. A co-op owner purchased her unit in 2005 and has been subleasing it to the same tenant since 2011. The co-op board recently passed an amendment to the bylaws that states an owner cannot sublease a unit for more than two years, and it a…

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2021 March Q&A: Unresovled Mold Problem

Q. This question is for my neighbor. We own shares in a co-op in Long Island. She has had extensive water damage and now has mold in her unit. She emails the property manager and president of board to no avail. It’s been like this for mon…

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2021 March Q&A: Shared Sewer Line

Q. I live in a condominium that consists of seven individual buildings all three- to four-family that is co-joined by another condominium on the same block. We are sharing a private sewer line with one connection out to the city sewer; th…

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2021 March Q&A: A Room Without a View

Q. I live on a second floor of a co-op condo. We would like to replace the current front windows with impact windows. The current old windows have a metal criss-cross ‘cathedral’ type design, and we would like to eliminate it. It looks ol…

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Q&A: Unresolved Mold Problem

Q: This question is on behalf of my neighbor. We own shares in a co-op in Long Island. She has had extensive water damage and now has mold in her unit. She emails the property manager and president of board to no avail. It’s been like this …

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2021 January Q&A: Evaluating Board Meeting Minutes

Q. Why are co-op board minutes so sparse that others who read them—shareholders, lawyers, brokers—have no real idea what goes on at meetings? This is because minutes are routinely ‘sanitized’ to leave out any troublesome issues, any comme…

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