Category: Q&A

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2020 November Q&A: Mold Remediation

Q. I have received high results on an environmental relative moldiness index (ERMI) test, and a certified mold investigator has completed their work and identified two hidden areas in my apartment (6-unit walkup) under the kitchen sink ca…

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2020 November Q&A: Neighbor’s Annoying Bed Bug Problem

Q. I am the president of our condo. We have a unit owner who has bed bugs, but refuses to do anything about it. He threatens criminal action if we force ourselves into the unit, which is extremely cluttered. They have all sorts of remedie…

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2020 October Q&A: Damages Over Parking

Q. We live in a co-op where the unit we purchased comes with a parking spot. Our parking garage has valet parking and we leave our keys with the attendants. We found that our rearview mirror had scratches on the paint and there was residu…

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2020 September Q&A: Election Sabotage, or Democracy at Work?

Q. Our co-op’s recent annual meeting and board elections were disgraceful— resulting, in my opinion, in a very dangerous precedent. There were four available openings, and only four shareholders offered their candidacy. So providing we ha…

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2020 September Q&A: How to Fire a Super

Q. I live in a condo in Westchester. We have a super who has been here for 20 years and he doesn’t do a thing except empty garbage and maybe vacuum the hallway. When the board members ask him to do something, he frequently refuses—yet he …

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2020 September Q&A: Guidelines Are Just Guidelines

Q. Our co-op board claims that they are adhering to government guidelines by barring all visitors, housekeepers, repairmen, etc. from entering the building. However, these are just guidelines and it is up to the board to decide what rules…

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2020 August Q&A: How to Fire a Super

Q. I live in a condo in Westchester. We have a super who has been here for 20 years and he doesn’t do a thing except empty garbage and maybe vacuum the hallway. When the board members ask him to do something, he frequently refuses—yet he …

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2020 August Q&A: When a Mitchell-Lama Co-op Goes Private

Q. I currently live in a Mitchell-Lama co-op I purchased for $15,000 27 years ago. The building is going private. My question is: will I have to pay more money for my apartment to own it outright?    —Worried about What Happens Next A. …

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2020 August Q&A: Maintenance Increases in a Pandemic

Q. Given the freezes put on evictions and collections during the COVID-19 pandemic, is it legal for a board to give a maintenance increase right now?                                                  —Wondering A. “While there is a cor…

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2020 July Q&A: Tenant Obligations During a Foreclosure

Q. One of our condo units that the owner was renting out to a tenant is now in foreclosure. But before the unit went into foreclosure, the owner (who has been missing in action) was behind on the common charges and the condo board was tak…

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