2010 June
Focus on... Law & Legislation

Law & Legislation A Burning Issue
2010 June A Burning Issue

The late 1990s saw a surge of nationwide smoking restrictions put into effect. State by state, legislation banning smoking in various settings was proposed and passed into law. With varying amounts of resistance and controversy, workpl…

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Law & Legislation Legislative Update 2010
2010 June Legislative Update 2010

 As the legislature in Albany and the New York City Council are in full swing,  legislation of every type is being proposed, debated, and considered. As one  might expect, the budget is front and center in these recessionary times, but  ho…

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Law & Legislation The Big Green Apple
2010 June The Big Green Apple

It will come as no surprise to anyone that between the cars, industry, residents’ power needs, and other energy use, New York City has a pretty mammoth carbon footprint. According to a recent carbon inventory of the city, nearly 80 perc…

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Law & Legislation Go Ahead, Sue Me!
2010 June Go Ahead, Sue Me!

Lawsuits are an unfortunate, expensive fact of life these days—chances are that at some point in your lifetime you’ll be involved in one to at least some degree. In you live in a co-op or condo community, legal issues arise between board…

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Law & Legislation But I Can't Afford a Lawyer!
2010 June But I Can't Afford a Lawyer!

Lawsuits, by their very nature, are acrimonious affairs. They can be messy, they’re time-consuming, and even when they’re relatively uncomplicated, they’re expensive. For a lower- or median-income co-op or condo resident, getting sued or…

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Real Estate Trends Opening Doors
2010 June Opening Doors

In the 1950s and 60s, airlines hired comely young women to work the aisles and tend to passenger requests—stewardesses, they were called. And while the word was the feminine form of steward, the combination of the title, the outfit, and…

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Organizations The New York City Housing Court
2010 June The New York City Housing Court

In a high-cost, high-density real estate landscape like New York City, when disputes arise in a multifamily building, tensions can escalate from annoyance to litigation very quickly. In rental buildings, problems can range from lack of…

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Neighborhoods Affluence Personified
2010 June Affluence Personified

 For people interested in historic architecture and a family-friendly atmosphere,  the neighborhood commonly called Carnegie Hill is one of the most desired  locales in Manhattan.    Carnegie Hill effectively forms a village within …

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Law & Legislation Winning FHA Approval
2010 June Winning FHA Approval

 All for one and one for all. We always knew that buying a unit in a condominium project meant that the value  of our property depended in good part on the likeminded conscientiousness of  our neighbors. Where owners live, vote and fund th…

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Q&A Q&A: Charging Fee For Lockers
2010 June Q&A: Charging Fee For Lockers

Charging Fee For Lockers Q What happens if there were storage lockers in our building that were either given free to the shareholders or they were ‘sold’ for a set fee of $500? Once a shareholder left, the storage unit reverted b…

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Q&A Q&A: It's Bath Time
2010 June Q&A: It's Bath Time

Q I’ve had a long existing leak in my full bathroom since the shareholders above me moved in. It so happens that the shareholders’ son runs a bath for as long as two hours at a time, blasting the water at full force. Over time this h…

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Q&A Q&A: Super-Nepotism
2010 June Q&A: Super-Nepotism

Q A front desk position in my building is about to become available. Our board wants to hire the son of our current janitor. I am not in favor of hiring relatives and our bylaws state that in such an instance, the board must noti…

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