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Big Buildings May Have to Undergo Costly Retrofits (NY)

If Mayor Bill de Blasio has his way, owners of buildings larger than 25,000 square feet – including co-ops and condos – will be required to make costly retrofits to heating and cooling systems, roofs and windows in order to

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Central Islip condo residents asked to foot bill after massive fire (NY)

Residents in a Central Islip condo community are upset they have to foot the bill to replace some homes that burned down, even though the fire was not their fault.  A massive fire destroyed several units at Windbrooke Homes five

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Condo complex penalized over ‘no pets’ policy (NY)

The NYC Commission on Human Rights recently won its case in defense of a resident of Parkchester South Condominiums who was threatened with eviction over her service dog.  Michelle Berrios, a nurse practitioner who has lived in her condo for

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Central Islip condo residents asked to foot bill after massive fire (NY)

Residents in a Central Islip condo community are upset they have to foot the bill to replace some homes that burned down, even though the fire was not their fault.  A massive fire destroyed several units at Windbrooke Homes five

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Woodson: ‘I’m not spending taxpayer money on private roads’ (NY)

Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson says he will not provide paving and highway services — other than snow plowing — to roads in the Oak Hills section of Baiting Hollow, despite a Town Board resolution passed last Wednesday to

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Sunnyside property manager charged with harassing woman (NY)

The manager of a Sunnyside condominium building who has been criticized for having hate symbols in his building has been arrested.  Cops nabbed Neal Milano, 69, on Sunday afternoon on charges of harassing and stalking a woman who used to

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Fifth Ave Condo Residents Demand up to $450K to Allow Library Renovations (NY)

The New York Public Library is supposedly being held hostage by condo owners. According to a lawsuit, before construction can begin on the Mid-Manhattan Public Library branch next to their building, the resident of a luxury condo want to be

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Queens condo property manager who decorated lobby with Nazi-related photos arrested for alleged harassment (NY)

The property manager at a Queens condo building adorned with symbols of hate is charged with harassing one of the building’s former residents.  Neal Milano, 70, was busted Sunday afternoon, accused of repeatedly following, grabbing and pulling a 43-year-old woman,

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New York Public Library Sues Condo Over Access

It’s inevitable. Given all the new construction, renovation, and mandated Local Law 11 facade work taking place in New York City today, every co-op and condo board will eventually be asked to grant access to their building by a neighboring

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City, state to probe Sunnyside condo manager (NY)

New York City and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced separate investigations into allegations of tenant harassment and intimidation at a condominium at 47-55 39th Place in Sunnyside, which has displays of Nazi and Confederate imagery, swastikas and other symbols

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Butt Out: Co-ops and Condos Must Adopt Smoking Policies (NY)

Despite strong opposition from co-op and condo board advocates, Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a package of seven bills designed to help reduce the number of smokers in New York City by 160,000 by 2020. One of the bills

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Human Rights Commission to probe Queens condo lobby flaunting Nazi, Confederate symbols (NY)

The city Human Rights Commission is launching an investigation into a Queens condo building that decked out its lobby with a bizarre display featuring Nazi and Confederate symbols.  Investigators will probe whether there’s illegal harassment going on at the Sunnyside

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Vigilante Activist Tears Down Hitler, Stalin Posters From Sunnyside Condo (NY)

A vigilante activist upset at a controversial series of posters depicting Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini hung inside the lobby of a condo building ripped the images down himself Monday — saying it was “a shame that it took this long

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Sunnyside condo board has history of vindictiveness, sticking owners it hates with huge fees, according to suit (NY)

The condo board from hell– known for allowing images of Hitler and the Confederacy to go up in the lobby–has waged war with some of the unit owners by systematically jacking up fees and imposing hefty fines, according to a

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Roof Rights and Roof Decks: Owners Beware (NY)

Boards need to have a clear and direct policy when dealing with roof deck repairs and replacements.  Ken Eisner, the ex-treasurer at his former co-op on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, still sounds remotely bitter about the fate of

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Uproar at Queens condo: Residents say their property manager is a bully (NY)

Imagine living in an apartment building where there are images of Hitler and Mussolini in the lobby, and you are fined $100 for having a visitor overnight. NY1’s Clodagh McGowan has this exclusive story about the strange goings-on at a

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A Roof Deck Project Is Not a Place to Save Pennies (NY)

Paul Gans, project manager at New Bedford Management, has learned from experience that roof deck projects can turn into minefields. At several properties, he was hired when roof deck projects were partially complete – and headed for disaster. The problem

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Condo promises repair, but when? (NY)

St. Gabriel’s Church and School have become frustrated with the two-year wait for the building next door to repair its crumbling facade. Falling bricks have closed a portion of the school’s playground and parking lot.    Read the article………….

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Condo Board’s Long Legal Nightmare May Be Over (NY)

Construction defects can have a long shelf life. As the condominium board at 50 Madison Avenue has learned, the legal ramifications of faulty construction can live on for a decade, or more. But based on a new court ruling, this

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Only in Brooklyn: Discrimination Against Baby Strollers (NY)

A couple bought into a co-op in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a month ago, and promptly began putting their baby in a stroller and exiting and re-entering the building through the front door. Then one day, an employee of the managing

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Condo owners vote to sell fire-destroyed Grandview property (NY)

Owners of condominium units at the fire-destroyed Grandview Palace complex in Loch Sheldrake voted unanimously at an annual meeting on Sunday to sell the property, and 96 percent of those voting approved pursuit of a sale while a court battle

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Westbury condo settles discrimination lawsuit (NY)

A Westbury condominium complex has settled a lawsuit that challenged the building’s accessibility for disabled residents.  As a result of the settlement of the suit filed in Dec. 2015 by Long Island Housing Services, the Westbury Terrace Condominium made a

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Developers Say Boards Are Using Access Agreements as “Ransom” (NY)

In a landmark court ruling last year, co-op and condo boards won the right to demand license fees, plus attorney and architect fees, when granting access to their buildings to developers at neighboring properties. That legal ruling has introduced a

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Sell or rebuild? Owners of destroyed condos to vote (NY)

Owners of units at the fire-destroyed Grandview Palace Condominiums are being asked to vote on selling or rebuilding the property as a years-long lawsuit in which the property’s insurers are seeking to void a policy worth $30 million is still

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Laundry Giant Soaks Clients for “Administrative Fee” (NY)

David Baron, the president of Queens-based Metro Management, could not believe what he was reading. In a letter dated May 17, 2017, Mark Hjelle, the chief executive officer of CSC ServiceWorks, a conglomerate that provides laundry service to many New

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Co-op and Management Company Fined $125,000 for Discrimination (NY)

In a chilling reminder of the high cost of flouting the Fair Housing Act, a Westchester County co-op and its management company have agreed in federal court to pay $125,000 in compensatory damages and attorney’s fees to an applicant who

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60 firefighters battled fire at 3 Holbrook condos (NY)

Three Holbrook condominiums were damaged after a fire broke out in one of the units Saturday morning, a fire official said.   Read the article…………..

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‘Dog racism’ behind move to evict pit bull, lawyer claims (NY)

A 63-pound pit bull its owner claims is a therapy dog “savagely attacked” an eight-pound pooch that visits pediatric cancer patients outside the owners’ Chelsea condo, a new lawsuit claims.  Now the condo board is suing to evict the pit

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New Condo Complaints Heat Up (NY)

Look back to the end of the last housing cycle, and the downturn was marked by a flurry of complaints from condo owners and their boards against developers, claiming defects in new or renovated buildings. Roofs and pipes leaked, balconies

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Bills Would Impose Time Limits on Co-op Purchase Applications (NY)

There are currently half a dozen pieces of legislation under consideration in New York City and Albany that could change the way co-op apartments get bought and sold. Co-op advocates are not pleased with any of them. Some of these

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Q&A: Addressing a Possible Conflict of Interest Within a Board

Q. I am a relatively new board member at-large to our HOA board in a small community with 44 homes. I recently learned that our previous treasurer was also receiving a “management” fee of nearly $4,000 a year for several

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Condo owners awarded $9M in suit against Hovnanian (NY)

A group of condominium owners has been awarded $9 million in a lawsuit against builder Hovnanian over construction problems at a six-story building on the Hudson Riverfront.  Lawyers representing the condo owners said jury verdict against Red Bank-based Hovnanian Enterprises,

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Lawsuits settled in Amherst golf cart path dispute, but tensions linger (NY)

A bitter 4-year-old legal fight over a golf cart path in East Amherst has come to an end, but tensions linger in the Ransom Oaks housing development.  The parties on Wednesday agreed in State Supreme Court to settle a pair

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NYC condo board suing Equinox gym inside their building over loud music played at ‘ear splitting levels’

Noisy workouts at an Equinox gym have residents of a West Village condo all worked up.  The condo board of the posh Printing House at 421 Hudson St. sued the gym inside their building, alleging music is played at “ear

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Staten Island blaze kills man celebrating birthday, hurts 9-year-old son who cried to neighbors, ‘Help my dad’

A 9-year-old boy tried desperately to save his father from their burning Staten Island home Saturday night by running to neighbors and “begging” for help, witnesses said.  “Please, please help me get my dad,” the child cried out, while ringing

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Homeowners’ association prez admits to embezzling $300K; worked as civilian for NYPD

A civilian employee of the Police Department, who as president of a Rossville homeowners’ association used the group’s checking account as his personal piggy bank by siphoning off more than $300,000, pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny.  Danny Juliano was

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City Files $1.2 Million Lawsuit to Shut Down “Airbnb Hotels” (NY)

As of last week, not a single violation had been levied in the city’s hotbed of illegal sublet listings – East Williamsburg, Brooklyn – and only two had been issued in the entire borough. The city has issued a total

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Toll Brothers sued by angry buyer whose artwork won’t fit in her new condo (NY)

Toll Brothers City Living’s Flatiron condo is at the center of a lawsuit concerning … artwork? Yep! A buyer who was in contract to buy a $10.5 million apartment there alleges the sellers misrepresented the size of the condo and

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Town of Niagara neighbors dealing with sewage backup (NY)

Sewage is backing up in toilets and some lawns and driveways in parts of the neighborhood. The problem has been happening over the past month. The mess is not for the town to clean up, rather the homeowners association.  Some

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Condo Tax Abatements: a New Burden for Property Managers (NY)

Every year, New York City gives a property tax abatement to co-op shareholders and condo unit-owners. But in 2013, the city changed the rules of its politically fraught, 15-year-old abatement program to specify that only owner-occupied apartments are eligible. If

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Chelsea condo heightens security over crazed resident (NY)

A tony Chelsea condo building had to hire extra security to protect residents and staff from an overzealous condo board member, according to its management company.  In a letter to the residents of London Terrace Towers — which include “The

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City to Crack Down Even Harder on Illegal Sublets (NY)

A week after it was revealed that lobbyists for the hotel industry helped push through new state laws against short-term sublets, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he plans to pump an extra $2.9 million into a citywide crackdown

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Hospitals-Turned-Condominiums: The Latest Conversion Trend (NY)

In New York City, the real estate game is hard fought and won by aggressive players. Everyone wants a piece, from developers to buyers. So when space — a rarity in the crowded metropolis — becomes available, it gets used.

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Fortis not responsible for $2M in defects caused by prior developer, judge says in ruling against 20 Bayard Street residents (NY)

A court decision in Brooklyn last week will let Fortis Property Group get away with selling allegedly faulty condominiums in Williamsburg, for the simple reason that Fortis wasn’t the one that built them in the first place.  When developer Isaac

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Read This Before Switching to LED Lights (NY)

“If your building’s average savings are too high, then you’ll get no money from Con Ed to help pay for the cost of a building-wide upgrade,” says Justin Gillen, founder of a company called Retrofit and Relamp With LEDs, which

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The Latest in Green Roofs: Farm-to-Condo

Green roofs have many well documented benefits. They can make a co-op or condo building more attractive to potential buyers. They can turn a tar-paper desert into a welcoming oasis. And in the bargain they protect the roof membrane, absorb

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Upper East Side condo to sue Equinox gym over noisy weights, workouts (NY)

An Equinox gym in a tony Upper East Side condo building might soon be sweating over residents’ complaints about noisy weights.  This Equinox outpost, located in the bottom three floors of the ritzy Barbizon 63 tower on E. 63rd St.

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Trump Tower Condo Owner Fined $1,000 for Listing Apartment on Airbnb (NY)

A woman accused of illegally listing her Trump Tower pad on Airbnb could pay as much as $1,000 for violating city and state laws regulating apartment rentals, officials said.  Yelena Yelagina was slapped with a civil summons when the city

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Spring Valley lifts religious prohibitions on condo complex (NY)

The village has agreed Park View Condominiums has a constitutional right to have a synagogue and other ritual uses at the 61-home complex on Main Street and Maple Avenue, which may lead to the dismissal of pending building violations, village

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Senate bill would give 421a to far more condo developers

A budget proposal from the New York State Senate would greatly increase the number of tax exempt condominium projects in the outerboroughs, confirming the fears of Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials that such developments could creep back

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