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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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2020 June Q&A: Haven’t Had a Quorum in a While

Q. At our building, there has been no quorum at our annual meetings for the last two years. The voting was done and the ballots were counted by an outside company, but the results have not been posted. We requested the outcome but have be…

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2020 June Q&A: How to Remove a Director with No Quorum

Q. I’m a shareholder in a co-op for 30 years. There is never a quorum at our annual meeting, so no voting for board members takes place. Is there a mechanism to request the removal of a board member who is ineffective, rude, disrespectful…

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2020 June Q&A: Board President’s Personnel Power

Q. Our super was hired six months ago. He’s a hard worker and all the tenants like him. But the president of the board fired him three days before his six-month probation period was up. The tenants requested a special meeting to find out …

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