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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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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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