Category: Building Operations

Maintenance
DOB Announces FISP Amnesty Program

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) has announced an Amnesty Program for owners of buildings who failed to file a Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) report in the 8th Cycle, which ended on February 21, 2020. While most …

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Finance
2020 July The Price is…Right?

Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit, the question of where real estate values were going was the elephant lurking in the corner of the room. Some submarkets (like Florida, for example) were strong—and getting stronger. Others (like New York…

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Finance
2020 July Budgeting in a Changed Landscape

Each year, boards are tasked with figuring out the costs associated with all aspects of their community’s operations, including any capital repairs or improvements they plan to undertake in the coming fiscal year, and then making sure the r…

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Finance
2020 July Coping With Cash Flow Problems

Among the many realities made visible (or more visible) by the COVID-19 crisis is the domino theory: when one falls, the others follow. Conceived (and largely disproven) as a political metaphor, the notion has proven more useful when applie…

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Finance
Tapping Reserves in a Time of Financial Crisis

It’s a question we’re asked all the time: "Can we use reserves to cover an operating fund shortfall?" Under normal circumstances, our standard response would be an emphatic “No!” -- because reserves are for major repair and replacement proj…

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Maintenance
Upgrading Common Areas to Fight COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-century event (at least we hope so!) that has changed the way we work, play and live our lives in general. For residents of co-ops, condos, and HOAs with shared amenities, or where many common areas are …

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Finance
Real Estate Tax & Rent Deferment

As mentioned by this outlet and elsewhere, the New York real estate industry—one of the main contributors to the annual financial tax intake of both the city and the state—has been championing tax relief for owners, landlords, and t…

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