Category: Q&A

Q&A Q&A: Buyer’s Remorse
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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Q&A Q&A: Loud Fan Is Driving Me Crazy
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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Q&A Q&A: Tainted Elections?
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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Q&A Q&A: Water Temperature Problem
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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Q&A Q&A: Assessments Collection
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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Q&A Q&A: Should a Shareholder Pay for a Long-Staying Guest?
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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Q&A Q&A: Proxy Abuse?
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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