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Q&A
2020 May 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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2020 April Q&A: COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique and challenging situations to each of us. Our cooperative and condominium clients, and their managing agents, have been working diligently to keep pace as this crisis unfolds. First and foremost, we …

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2020 April Q&A: Privatizing a Mitchell-Lama Co-op

Q. I have lived in a Mitchell-Lama co-op in Brooklyn for 43 years. The company is taking a vote on whether to privatize or not. I am personally in favor of privatizing. I am currently on disability, and am unemployed but looking for work.…

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More on Your Building Staff and COVID-19

Q: Who may be deemed ‘essential employees’ for buildings during the quarantine/lockdown to maintain resident services? A: According to David L. Berkey of New York City-based firm Gallet Dreyer & Berkey LLP, “New York State’s guide for thei…

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COVID-19 Employment Issues

New York City-based Smith, Gambrell & Russell’s Labor and Employment Group has published a compilation of answers to questions currently facing employers as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, which can be found   here.  …

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COVID-19 vs. Building and Unit Access

Q. As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic spreads, we're trying to keep our building and residents as safe as possible as we practice social distancing and self-quarantine as necessary. To that end, can we ban all non-residents from the build…

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March 26, 2020 Disease & Disclosure

Q. If a resident in our building tests positive for COVID-19, or is self-quarantined, should we tell the other residents and staff? A. According to Manhattan-based law firm Armstrong Teasdale, "Residents should be notified if the board or …

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Renovations During the Corona Crisis

Q. Our building currently has a couple of improvement projects underway - so do some of our residents. Should we immediately stop all such work because of the corona pandemic? A. According to Manhattan-based law firm Armstrong Teasdale, "…

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2020 February Q&A: Of Mice and Management

Q. There is a situation with mice in my co-op complex. A shareholder on the first floor contacted the super that she has been seeing mice in her unit. He said he was going to call a pest control company, but they never showed up. The shar…

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2020 January Q&A: My Rights Are Up in Smoke

Q. The 40-year-old, chain smoking, son of a shareholder lives with his parents and is not allowed to smoke in his apartment or in our co-op. Instead, he loiters directly below my apartment windows, and only below my window, and smokes alm…

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