Category: Q&A

Q&A Angry women look out of house windows quarrelling. Furious female neighbors fight or argue living next doors. Vector illustration.
2023 November Q&A: Illegal Enclosure

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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2023 October Q&A: Co-op Annual Meeting Requirements

Q. Is it illegal for a cooperative board to decide not to hold an annual shareholder meeting? If a cooperative board does not meet, what rights is a shareholder entitled to?    —Shareholder Waiting for the Meeting A. Margery N. Weinst…

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2023 September Q&A: Illegal Dishwasher

Q. Our Association is self-managed with 12 units. An owner installed a dishwasher without any written request or approval from the board. The board told her that we believed this was a violation, since all 12 units share one water tank an…

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Q&A Contract and break contract. Breach and terminate of paper document. Cancel, torn and rip of agreement for law. Termination deal in business. Failure in partnership. Icon of disagree in work. Vector.
2023 August Q&A: Problems with a Building Owner-Sponsor-Manager

Q. Our Nassau County co-op was converted in the 1980s. The current property manager owned and managed the property as a rental property pre-conversion. The firm still manages the property. Recently, two apartments we had for a resident su…

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2023 June Q&A: Camera? Action!

Q. I live in a 6-apartment condo building. Two of the residents have decided on their own without contacting the board or other residents to put cameras outside the doors to their units on two different floors. Is that legal for them to d…

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2023 May Q&A: Mitchell-Lama Board Elections

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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2023 May Q&A: Mandatory Coverage

Q. My co-op board just voted to require all shareholders to buy homeowners insurance. I’d like to find out if that’s a common thing, but I don’t know who to ask. Thanks!                                           —Is This Right? A. “Re…

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2023 May Q&A: Recording Board Meetings

Q. Can one condominium board member’s voice recording of the board’s closed executive session meeting be restricted by the board?            —Inquiring About Privacy Issues A. “It is uncertain if this reader’s query is about whether a…

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2023 May Q&A: Viewing Owners’ Payment History

Q. Can a unit owner demand to see a copy of the monthly list of unit owners’ payments of the monthly HOA?           —Owner Seeking Access to Docs A. “Yes,” says attorney Aaron Shmulewitz of the New York City firm of Belkin Burden Gold…

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Q&A Plumbers fixing pipe. Workers with tools carry out repair work in public toilet, fix sewers. Men in boiler room with equipment. Repair service and maintenance concept. Cartoon flat vector illustration
2023 April Q&A: Alterations in a Co-op

Q. My co-op recently approved my alteration agreement but is requiring an independent plumber to oversee the work of my contractor’s licensed (and bonded) plumber, and at my expense. My contractor has told me that this is quite unusual an…

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