Category: Q&A

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2022 June Q&A: A Poisonous 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 managers…

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2022 June Q&A: Windy Windows

Q. I live in a co-op in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The windows in the entire co-op are in bad need of replacement. We live right off the river and it can be extremely windy and cold. I inquired with management if window replaceme…

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2022 May Q&A; Safeguarding Personal Information

Q. My co-op building’s property management company has an alarmingly bad habit of NOT taking all necessary precautions to protect highly sensitive and confidential shareholder information, like the information contained in sales closing d…

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2022 April Q&A: Another COVID-Canceled Meeting

Q. Our annual shareholder meeting is to be held each April (per our bylaws). However, when COVID started in March 2020, our 2020 annual meeting was canceled and we have not had one since. The last meeting was held in April 2019.  When I’v…

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2022 April Q&A: Seeking Side-Deal

Q. In this time of COVID and depressed Manhattan co-op sales, sellers have been willing to accept bids way lower than a board would allow. If a seller and buyer agree to enter into a contract of sale for an acceptable (to the board) selli…

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2022 April Q&A: Meeting, Please?

Q. I live in a 192-unit co-op in Brooklyn. The board decided that due to COVID, for the safety of shareholders there will be no annual meeting this year. Also, our maintenance will go up. We have a large outdoor courtyard that I suggested…

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2022 March Q&A: Chimney Challenges

Q.   Our co-op building was completed in 1926. A taller building was built a few years later, right next to our building. Since the exhaust from our chimney could go into the new building’s apartments, our chimney had to be built taller. T…

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2022 March Q&A: A Window Into the Records

Q. I live in a co-op. Last year we had new windows installed, but the cost was greater than we’d initially been told, due to a DOB law requiring all apartments to have a set amount of air and light that necessitated the use of a different…

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2022 February Q&A: This Board’s Gone to the Dogs

Q.   I was a member of our three-person condo association board for approximately one year. I resigned after I realized the other two people were having secret meetings and making decisions without my input, and bringing their 2-to-1 vote …

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2022 January Q&A: When Does “No Pets” Mean No Pets?

Q. I sit on the board of directors of a Nassau County cooperative. The building has a no-pets policy that residents are obliged to comply with. A few residents have cats that were grandfathered in prior to rules changing. On occasion, we’…

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