Category: Q&A

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2021 January Q&A: My Tenant Is Being Evicted

Q. In 1999 I inherited a low-income HDFC co-op, which at that time the president told me I could rent out. When my relative passed away in 1998, I had just bought myself a condominium, so I took the president at his word and rented the co…

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2021 January Q&A: Handling a Harassing President

Q. What can be done when the president of the condo corporation verbally harasses the building’s superintendent?                   —Seeking to Stop the Abuse A.   “Since condominiums are not corporations (although the boards of manager…

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2020 December Q&A: Porch as Living Space

Q. I live in a three-flat condo. Before I purchased the second floor, the owner of the third floor opened up the wall to the porch, enclosed the porch, and claimed it as living space. It has since been cited by the city and must come down…

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2020 December Q&A: Board Election Concerns at Mitchell-Lama Co-op

Q. I am a shareholder in a Mitchell-Lama cooperative. My question is this: If I have concerns about the results of the board of directors election, how can I get an independent person to recount the votes and confirm the tally? Management…

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2020 December Q&A: Quarantine Quagmire

Q. What is proper payroll procedure for a cooperative employee who knowingly takes a vacation to a state on the COVID-19 quarantine list, forcing him to self-quarantine in his apartment for 14 days upon his return? The new state and feder…

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2020 November Q&A: Mold Remediation

Q. I have received high results on an environmental relative moldiness index (ERMI) test, and a certified mold investigator has completed their work and identified two hidden areas in my apartment (6-unit walkup) under the kitchen sink ca…

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2020 November Q&A: Neighbor’s Annoying Bed Bug Problem

Q. I am the president of our condo. We have a unit owner who has bed bugs, but refuses to do anything about it. He threatens criminal action if we force ourselves into the unit, which is extremely cluttered. They have all sorts of remedie…

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2020 October Q&A: Damages Over Parking

Q. We live in a co-op where the unit we purchased comes with a parking spot. Our parking garage has valet parking and we leave our keys with the attendants. We found that our rearview mirror had scratches on the paint and there was residu…

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2020 September Q&A: Election Sabotage, or Democracy at Work?

Q. Our co-op’s recent annual meeting and board elections were disgraceful— resulting, in my opinion, in a very dangerous precedent. There were four available openings, and only four shareholders offered their candidacy. So providing we ha…

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2020 September Q&A: How to Fire a Super

Q. I live in a condo in Westchester. We have a super who has been here for 20 years and he doesn’t do a thing except empty garbage and maybe vacuum the hallway. When the board members ask him to do something, he frequently refuses—yet he …

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