Category: Q&A

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2021 October Q&A: Garage Needs Repairs

Q. The floor of our co-op garage is sinking, and needs to be repaired. Not only are sewage pipes below, but so are gas lines. No contractor wants to come here to fix the floor as they are afraid of an explosion. What legal entity do I con…

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2021 September Q&A: Bilked by Bulk Billing

Q. The bylaws of [my co-op] currently charge utility costs—water, sewer, heat/AC, and electricity—to our shareholders on the basis of the number of shares each unit is assigned. The shares apportioned are variable depending on unit size, …

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2021 September Q&A: A Rogue President

Q. We recently had to vote to remove our board president from his position, because he was taking small amounts of funds on a regular basis. He said it was all ‘petty cash reimbursements,’ but he never told the board or treasurer about ma…

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Q&A Q&A: Seeking Stimulus
2021 August Q&A: Seeking Stimulus

Q. The government has provided relief for renters of cooperatives. Is there any relief for cooperative shareholders? I’m told by the building manager that the relief fund provided was for management. How can everyone get help and not the …

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2021 August Q&A: Dangerous Mitchell-Lama Resident

Q. I have lived in a Mitchell-Lama co-op since 1992 and never received a copy of the complete house rules. I have been assaulted by a neighbor’s husband; he is not a tenant on record yet lives here and is a very dangerous person. Does the…

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2021 August Q&A: Buyer’s Remorse

Q. I signed a contract at the end of November 2020. There was an increase in the maintenance in February 2021, so it’s likely they got notice of this in December. Unfortunately I wasn’t given notice of this $55 increase per month until th…

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Q&A Q&A: The Instability of Rent Stabilization
2021 July Q&A: The Instability of Rent Stabilization

Q. I live in a co-op with some unsold share apartments. This month a woman in a rent stabilized apartment passed away. Will her apartment remain rent stabilized, or can the owner transfer it to market value?  —Wondering A. “The questi…

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Q&A Q&A: Bi-Coastal Blues
2021 July Q&A: Bi-Coastal Blues

Q. I have a two-bedroom co-op in Manhattan. I also have a townhouse in Los Angeles because that is where I pursue acting for TV and film mostly. I have had roommates in my New York apartment as I come in 1-2 times a year. My current roomm…

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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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