2011 September
Focus on... Energy & The Environment

Energy Conservation
2011 September Blowing Hot or Cold

 The cost of producing energy is on the rise, a seemingly never ending ascent  that places big heating and cooling bills in the hands of building owners.  These costs are then passed down to residents. As a result, many boards are  searchi…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Submetering Your Building's Electricity

 Some multifamily buildings have direct metering—the utility owns each apartment’s meter, and each resident pays directly to the utility based on an individual  utility rate. Others don’t have electric metering of individual units—the enti…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Look Out for Old Man Winter

The sun is hot and people are thinking about beaches and cooling off in pools and air conditioners, and surely the last thing anyone wants to think about is that brutal winter of snow and ice we just had. But this is precisely…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Green Savings and Incentives

 In an era of tight budgets and growing green consciousness, more co-op and condo  communities than ever before are moving toward energy conservation and  sustainable resources. For those residential buildings lucky enough to stand  tall i…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Valued Volunteers

 Living in a condominium community means working together. Cooperation and a  spirit of volunteerism are visible every day in community gatherings, board  meetings, even in the scheduling of time on the tennis courts. The men and  women wh…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Too Much Stuff

 In March 1947, a group of nearly 600 onlookers gathered on the sidewalk in front  of the home of bachelor brothers Homer and Langley Collyer on Fifth Avenue and  128th Street in Manhattan. Residents of the neighborhood had speculated and …

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Older & Wiser

 Not so long ago, the idea of a 'retirement community' conjured images of elderly  folks in cardigans playing shuffleboard, or perhaps enjoying a placid round of  bingo in the dining hall. As the country's population ages however, ideas ab…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Grounded for Life

 Most cooperatives and condominiums in New York City traditionally own both the  building and the land around it. There is, however, a real estate scenario  where the cooperative (and in rare instances, the condominium) owns the  building,…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Greening NYC

 The concept of 'greening' has become so firmly entrenched in our national  discourse over the last few years, it's hard to imagine a time when recycling,  clean energy, and reducing our carbon footprint were novel ideas with just a  few v…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Bayside, Queens

 If it weren't for the man-made boundaries, Bayside, situated on the northeastern  edge of Queens, could be considered a Long Island town. Its manicured lawns;  sometimes tasteful, sometimes gaudy home design; and the profusion of white  k…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Benchmarking Compliance

 So, did your building comply with the new benchmarking requirements that were a  part of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan? Local Law 84, new legislation passed in 2009,  required all of the city’s private build…

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Law & Legislation
2011 September Negotiating a Building's Ground Rent

 Many co-ops in New York lease, rather than own, the land beneath their apartment  building. For the board of a leasehold co-op, navigating a contested land valuation, in  which the amount of the co-op’s ground rent is determined through a…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September A Co-op Lawyer Discusses Subcontractors

 Most boards of co-ops and condominiums spend a lot of time negotiating the terms  of their contracts with general contractors; however, it is often  subcontractors who do most of the work. Sometimes the Boards are not even aware  of how m…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Making a Smart Building

 Two research and development projects are currently underway in Manhattan where  the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the  state agency that promotes energy efficiency, is supporting the development and …

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Privacy Liability Insurance

Phone hacking. Password hijacking. Virtual identity theft. With new technology comes new challenges, and online security threats are chief among them. When it comes to protecting and insuring the privacy of one's residents, it's impera…

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Energy Conservation
2011 September Collecting Unpaid Debts

 Consider the following all-too-common scenario: your condominium association has  one delinquent unit owner who owes three months of common charges totaling  $915.00 before late fees. Statements have been sent without response, and  telep…

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Q&A
2011 September Q&A: Shareholder Input on Maintenance Projects

Q I am a shareholder in a four building, 68 unit co-op. Two years ago, shareholders voted down a board proposal to replace the building’s 23-year-old windows. Recently, the board has decided to go ahead with the project which will co…

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Q&A
2011 September Q&A: Is Audited Budget Required?

Q Does corporate law require that co-ops have an annual audited financial budget for shareholders? —Budgeter in Brooklyn A “The law imposes no such requirement on co-op apartment corporations,” says Thomas E. Kass…

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