Category: Q&A

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2018 February Q&A: Resolving a Handicapped Parking Issue

Q. Whom would I need to contact on behalf of my senior and disabled mother, who owns a co-op in Westchester, regarding private parking and handicapped parking? She received notification from the managing company that she has four business…

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2018 February Q&A: Capital Assessments

Q. I reside in a residential co-op in which the board elected to pass on the capital assessment to its shareholders based on the their respective shares. My question is does the board of directors need to use the outstanding shares or aut…

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2018 February Q&A: What If a Board Member Is Involved in a Lawsuit?

Q. Can a homeowner who is in a lawsuit with his condo legally be an executive board member of that condo? Wouldn’t that annul his fiduciary duty? The story: One of our homeowners was elected to the board of managers last November; his fe…

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2018 January Q&A: Shareholders Breaking House Rules

Q. I live in a 194-unit co-op where many shareholders are breaking one or more of the house rules. Our management claims the rules cannot be enforced because the courts do not recognize them. If this is true, how does a co-op protect its …

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2018 January Q&A: Our Co-Op Is Being Improperly Run

Q. What do you do when the president of the board, property manager, and super are all one family? I tried waking up the shareholders with memos and flyers about the conflict of interest to no avail. Our beautiful Garden of Eden has becom…

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2017 December Q&A: Being on Two Boards

Q. Is it illegal for members on the HOA board to also hold a position on the board of directors of the property management company that the HOA hires and oversees?                             —Puzzled Shareholder A. “Condominium and c…

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2017 December Q&A: Quorum and Board Elections

Q. Can an election for the purpose of electing board members be held if there is not a quorum? —Need a Primer on Election Procedures A. “In order to conduct any business at a shareholder’s meeting, there must be a quorum,” says attorn…

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2017 November Q&A: A Broken Shower

Q. We have an apartment/shares in a Brooklyn co-op. In 2016 we experienced two leaks in our shower room (which is in the bathroom, but separate from the bathtub). With the first leak, the building plumber broke part of our shower wall, re…

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2017 November Q&A: Lost Checks, Late Fees

Q. I live in a manufactured home co-op, and earlier this year we switched property management companies. At first, they lost a check – which I guess can happen. Then a few months later, a group of us received demands for rent and were ser…

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