Category: Q&A

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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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2016 December Q&A: Viewing List of Owners' Payments

Q. Can a unit owner demand to see a copy of the monthly list of unit owners' payments of the monthly HOA? —Shareholder Seeking Open Access to Documents A. “Yes,” says attorney Aaron Shmulewitz of the New York City firm of Belkin Burde…

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2016 December Q&A: Selling My Co-op By Myself Without a Real Estate Agent

Q. Buying a co-op vs. a condo probably wasn't the best choice given how dictatorial my board is. What is your suggestion for trying to sell my co-op without a traditional real estate agent?                                      —Spurned O…

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