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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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2020 July Q&A: Cover Your Face or Face a Fine

Q. A few days ago my 80-year-old uncle, who resides at a co-op in Queens, called me to tell me that his co-op board has informed the shareholders that a $1,000 fine will be issued to anyone not wearing a mask or facial covering during the…

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2020 June Q&A: Contesting an Election

Q. I am a shareholder and current member of the board of directors running for reelection. At the elections, we did not have a quorum, and the other members decided to keep the elections open for a month. So the ballots were given to mana…

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