Category: Q&A

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2019 September Q&A: Parking Spaces and Out-of-Town Plates

Q. Can the board of directors of a co-op and management refuse a parking space to someone who lives in the building but has out-of-town license plates?                                                 —Is This Legal? A. “As with many i…

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2019 September Q&A: Smoking and Shared Terraces

Q. We need help with this dilemma. Our co-op’s public areas are all non-smoking – but what about the shareholders who share a terrace? Out of 82 terraces, 12 share their terraces with neighbors, some of whom smoke. It is a big problem for…

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2019 August Q&A: Leasing a Commercial Space to a Board Member

Q. I am a shareholder in a co-op in Brooklyn. It has come to my attention that the board of the building has plans to develop some commercial space in our building and rent it to another board member. Management has distributed letters to…

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2019 August Q&A: Can Bike Fees Be Imposed on Existing Owners?

Q. My family have stored our bikes in our co-op basement for years at no charge. Now the board and management have decided to impose a large fee for each bike, including for existing owners. We asked the board to tell us on what citation/…

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2019 July Q&A: Trying to Get an Elevator Fixed

Q. My family and I live in a six-story condominium in Manhattan. We own the top two floors (5 & 6), which amounts to 22 percent of the building. The elevator has been out of service for two months. The board members seem to be in no hurry…

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2019 July Q&A: Bathroom Leak

Q. I purchased my co-op four years ago with a master bath that had been remodeled seven or eight years ago by a previous owner. It appears that water/moisture is seeping into the foyer wall on the opposite side of the shower stall and is …

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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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