Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Inappropriate Disclosure?
2022 October Q&A: Inappropriate Disclosure?

Q. I’m a member of my building’s board. At a recent board meeting, the owner of our management company told the board that I fired the plumbing company. The owner of the plumbing company then asked for my name and phone number, and the ma…

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Q&A Q&A: When a Mitchell-Lama Co-op Goes Private
Q&A: When a Mitchell-Lama Co-op Goes Private

Q. I currently live in a Mitchell-Lama co-op I purchased for $15,000 27 years ago. The building is going private. My question is: will I have to pay more money for my apartment to own it outright?                   —Worried About What’s …

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Q&A Q&A:  Tenant Obligations During Foreclosure
2022 October Q&A: Tenant Obligations During Foreclosure

Q. One of our condo units that the owner was renting out to a tenant is now in foreclosure. But before the unit went into foreclosure, the owner (who has been missing in action) was behind on the common charges and the condo board was tak…

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Q&A Overhead View Of A Person's Hand Filling Homeowners Insurance Policy Form Over Wooden Desk
2022 October 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. “…

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Q&A Q&A: Viewing Owners’ Payment History
2022 October 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 Goldma…

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Q&A Q&A: More Proxy Problems
2022 October Q&A: More Proxy Problems

Q. I need to know if the president of the board (co-op) is allowed to collect proxies from other residents? The president stands in the parking lot and asks everyone if she can have their proxy. Then the night of the meeting to vote for b…

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Q&A Q&A: Proxy Abuse?
2022 October 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 wi…

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Q&A Screen showing security camera views of parking, gate, garbage and recycling room, staircase and hallway.
2022 September Q&A: Somebody’s Watching Me

Q. At what point do security cameras become a creepy form of police-state surveillance, and how is a community able to respond to prevent abuse of board authority on such things?   Our co-op community on Long Island has had basic securit…

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Q&A Nerdy woman using old fashioned cine camera
2022 August Q&A: Say Cheese?

Q. Today shareholders at our Mitchell-Lama co-op in Queens were informed with less than 24-hours notice that there will be a film shoot taking place tomorrow on the property from 6:00am Thursday and completed 12:00pm on Friday. Notice sta…

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Q&A A simple window air conditioning unit seen from the outside on a brick urban residential building
2022 July Q&A: Drip, Drip

Q. I have outdoor space that is accessed by a door from my unit and with steps leading down to an outdoor patio and garden. There are two floors above where the unit owners or occupants have window air conditioners that drip onto my steps…

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