Category: Q&A

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2019 June Q&A: How Should Boards Operate?

Q. I live in a New York City co-op and would like to understand exactly what the legal responsibilities of board members are. Our board has not posted board meeting minutes for a few years (although annual meeting minutes are distributed …

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2019 June Q&A: Proving Non-Resident Status

Q. We have a problem with a shareholder circumventing sublet rules by claiming that the occupant of their unit is a ‘roommate.’ The actual shareholder does not live here, but she shows up occasionally and sits on the stoop to make her pre…

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2019 June Q&A: Problem Neighbor

Q. I have written several complaint letters to the board and the managing agent regarding a noisy neighbor. They did send a letter to the shareholders about a year ago, but the problem persists. Although I continue to write letters, nothi…

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2019 May Q&A: Allergic Reaction to Roach Extermination

Q. I live in a Brooklyn co-op and was advised by my co-op’s managing agent that I must have my apartment exterminated due to a roach infestation in the building. I advised the managing agent that I have severe allergies and asthma, and wa…

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2019 April Q&A: Penalizing Neighbor for Noisy Grandkids

Q. I have an upstairs co-op shareholder who hosts four grandchildren every weekend, and allows them to run, jump, stomp, and roughhouse late into the evening from the time they arrive on Friday until they leave on Sunday around 9:00 pm. A…

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2019 April Q&A: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Q. My fiancé and I share a co-op, and we are not getting along. I want out, but he doesn’t. The co-op is in both our names. So what would happen? Do we have to sell and vacate? Truth be told, he no longer wants to be with me. I want to se…

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2019 April Q&A: Stock Certificate Problem

Q. I am a former board member who held the office of secretary. I have a question pertaining a stock certificate. I signed a stock certificate regarding a shareholder (who died in 2010) that was approved by the previous board and issued i…

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2019 March Q&A: Neighbor’s Leaky Radiator

Q. Recently I had a leak from a faulty radiator coming from the co-op unit above me that damaged a part of my ceiling – roughly a 30” x 40” area. The superintendent fixed the leaky radiator, and some time later scraped the water-damaged p…

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2019 March Q&A: I Wanna See the Books!

Q. I am a shareholder in a cooperative apartment, and I believe that building money is being used for personal uses. I have been denied access to the building’s books.  As a shareholder, what can I do to see them?                        …

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2019 March Q&A: Addressing Mismanagement Issues

Q. How do you go about filing a complaint against the board and property management for financial mismanagement? We suspect the board has exhausted its operating expense budget on items that are deemed capital expenses. The board is now a…

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