Category: Q&A

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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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2017 February Q&A: Can a Co-Op Board Reject the Sale of a Unit?

Q. Can you tell me if it is legal for a co-op board to turn down the sale of a unit because they think the selling price is too low? The appraisal from a well-known real estate appraiser was much lower than the contract price. However, th…

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2017 January Q&A: Who’s Considered a Shareholder?

Q. If a couple is married, but only one of their names appears on the lease, are they both still considered shareholders? Do they both have voting rights?  On a related note, according to the bylaws of my building: “nominations for direc…

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2017 January Q&A: Getting Rid of a Board President

Q. My co-op has not had an election of new board members in over 20 years. The president sends a notice of the annual meeting--’come for coffee and donuts’-- but never mentions there is an election due. Now she is holding the annual meeti…

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2017 January Q&A: Law Insurance and Co-ops

Q. Is ordinance or law insurance required in New York State for co-ops? I am being turned down for refinancing my mortgage because our building does not have this insurance. Is it mandated for co-ops? They have all other required insuranc…

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