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2019 December Q&A: Unexplained Repair Fees

Q. My sister lived in Co-Op City in the Bronx. She passed away in July 2017, and I became voluntary executor of her estate. She kept this apartment spotless, and did not make any changes, except adding a light shine-coat to the living roo…

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2019 December Q&A: How to Fire a General Contractor

Q. We want to terminate a contract with a general contractor (GC). We have experienced payment issues with this GC since day one of a project. Every single pay application we send in, they manipulate it without discussing with us, submit …

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2019 November Q&A: Is My Co-op Ignoring ADA?

Q. My 88-year-old mother has just moved into a co-op on Staten Island where I am also a shareholder with a legal parking spot in the building’s garage. My four sisters and I are her daily caregivers. She is unable to walk securely to any …

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2019 November Q&A: Staff Holiday Fund Tax Implications

Q. For more than 30 years, my condominium building has had a resident-managed fund that collects cash gifts for the staff at holiday time. This has worked very well and was always 100 percent independent of the condominium board and the m…

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2019 November Q&A: Improper Power Grab Threatens Co-op

Q. I live in a Housing Development Fund Corporation (HDFC) building in the Bronx. My building has no meetings or elections, and shareholders are not informed of our financial status at all. The treasurer’s son has taken complete control a…

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2019 October Q&A: Calculating Assessments

Q. I live in a Queens County cooperative complex with 250 units. I have lived here for more than 30 years, and have paid many assessments, always using the 'pro rata percentage' to calculate the assessment. The board has now determined th…

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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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