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2021 June Q&A: Loud Fan Is Driving Me Crazy

Q. Five years ago, my husband and I bought an apartment with a small deck, which is located on top of my building’s parking garage. The prospect of a little outdoor space is what sold us on this place. For about eight months a year, it’s …

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2021 June Q&A: Tainted Elections?

Q. I am a shareholder and current member of the board of directors running for reelection in my co-op. At the meeting prior to the election, myself and the attorney for the co-op were engaged in a verbal dispute. The attorney became very …

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2021 June Q&A: Water Temperature Problem

Q. I live in a prewar co-op building. It takes 5-10 minutes for the cold water in my kitchen and bathroom to get truly cold. It starts out warm or lukewarm (75-82 degrees Fahrenheit) when I first turn it on, and it’s very frustrating. The…

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2021 May Q&A: Assessments Collection

Q. In addition to our monthly $942 common charges, the board of our condominium complex has been collecting an additional $257 assessment each month since August 2018 in anticipation of future repair work, and to replenish our underfunded…

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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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