Category: Q&A

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2017 May Q&A: Subletting for Indefinite Periods

Q. My Manhattan co-op has a liberal sublet allowance of four out of six years, and a five percent sublet fee. The person who purchased the apartment above me has been permitted to sublet for 7 1/2 years now. I have had a lot of problems d…

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2017 May Q&A: Management Fee Concerning Irrevocable Trust

Q. My question is about an irrevocable trust I have set up. I would like to put my co-op into the trust. I have paid the co-op’s attorney $700 and submitted appropriate papers. Now the management says first I need to pay them $625 to comp…

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2017 April Q&A: Voting When a Member Is Absent

Q. At a regular monthly meeting of a seven-member HOA board where four members present constitute a quorum, can one of the absent members give her proxy to one of the four attending members to vote on specific issues on the board’s agenda…

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2017 March Q&A: Sex Offender in the Building

Q. I was recently made aware that a sex offender moved into my building. He moved into his girlfriend’s apartment. I made the board aware of this—even gave them a printout from criminal justice. We have a lot of children living in our com…

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2017 March Q&A: The Right to Rent Out a Condo

Q. Can an association change the owner’s right to rent out his condo?                —Tenant Who Needs a Briefing A. “Typically, a condominium board has a right of first refusal on a sale or lease of a condominium unit,” says attorney…

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2017 March Q&A: Can the board remove a playground?

Q.  I purchased my condo unit in 2005 with amenities, including 24-hour security, two pools, a parking lot, and a children’s playground. This past summer, our board destroyed the children’s playground and made their additional parking spac…

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