Nowadays people are using their computers to connect to the Internet for just about every facet of their lives. Whether it’s buying cheap airline tickets, making reservations at their favorite restaurant or connecting with old friends on Facebook, most people are parked in front of their computer screens or connect remotely with their BlackBerry or iPhone at all hours of the day or night.
New York condos and co-ops have gotten in on the act. Realizing that most of their homeowners are Internet-savvy, many buildings have developed their own personal website so residents can find out important information about the building, request documents and work orders and in some cases, communicate as a social network with other people in the building.
Thanks to the websites, the board and tenants can maintain a 24/7 presence on matters relating to the day-to-day operations of their building, with just a click of their mouse.
A Helping Hand
“The most obvious benefit for a web presence is that it can be used to post information about the building, such as terms of the proprietary lease, the house rules, procedures so that the shareholders have ready access to the information they need to function in the building properly,” says Marc J. Luxemburg, an attorney and the president of the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums (CNYC). “It’s a big benefit for the board and cuts down on the number of phone calls.”
There are numerous advantages to having a website for your building. Residents are working all day and may not have time to call the management office to have their questions answered or request a work order. It’s very simple to log onto a website and send a quick e-mail or scroll through the commonly asked questions portion of the site and find your answer there.