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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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Police called to restore order as Amherst golf cart path dispute gets nastier (NY)

That dispute over a golf cart path in East Amherst is going from heated to down right nasty.  Amherst police were called Monday night to restore order during a meeting of the homeowners’ association.  Between 20 and 30 residents attended

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Welcome, Airbnb Guest! Your Neighbors are the Trumps

The apartment has spacious windows, a sleek kitchen and expansive views of Manhattan. It boasts a prime location close to Central Park and Rockefeller Center and promises all the excitement of a luxury apartment in Midtown Manhattan.  And it was

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Mount Kisco Condo Complex’s Development Team Sued Over Handicap Access (NY)

The developer, architectural firm and construction company behind the Sutton Manor condominium complex are being sued by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for allegedly failing to provide access for handicapped people.   Read the article………….

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The Brawl Over Airbnb Is Back On

New ad campaign urges New Yorkers to “say something” about illegal sublets.  Last week, Argo Real Estate convened a panel in an upper Broadway hotel to discuss the ways co-op and condo board can defend themselves against illegal short-term sublets.

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10 people displaced after New Paltz fire at condo complex, authorities say (NY)

Ten people were displaced, and three pets were rescued following a kitchen fire that started on an electric stove Saturday night at the Meadowbrook Circle condominium complex, authorities said.  The New Paltz Fire Department said in a press release that

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A Win for Co-ops and Condos (and Landlords) on Water Credits (NY)

Co-ops and condos are at a notorious disadvantage to small homeowners when it comes to paying property taxes. But not when it comes to paying water bills. In a rebuke to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Appellate Division of the

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Condo board sues VE Equities, Elliman over alleged defects at 250 Bowery (NY)

The condominium board at 250 Bowery filed a lawsuit against developer VE Equities, Morris Adjmi Architects and Douglas Elliman for allegedly selling them shoddy apartments.  In a complaint filed with New York State Supreme Court Thursday, the board alleges that

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Woodlands set for new water, sewer (NY)

A state Health Department official Tuesday night encouraged the Hornellsville Town Board to allow the town to take dedication of a brand new water and sewer system in the former Green Acres Trailer Park.  Board members, most of whom seemed

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Manhattan man suing noisy neighbor for screaming profanities in West Village co-op building (NY)

A noisy downstairs neighbor has been an ongoing nuisance to a newcomer in a West Village co-op — banging a broomstick or cane on his ceiling and screaming profanities “at the top of his lungs,” a new lawsuit alleges.  

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Anti-Airbnb law claims its first casualties (NY)

A Manhattan landlord and a former Corcoran realtor are the first casualties of a newly enforceable law meant to curb illegal Airbnb listings, The Post has learned.  Property owner Hank Freid — who was once crowned one of NYC’s “Worst

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Calculating a Cover Charge (NY)

Courts rule that co-ops and condos are entitled to fees for granting building access.  Construction workers at the building next door to your co-op want to gain access to your property. In the past, if you did not come to

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Is the Co-op Liable if Children Get Hurt in Common Areas? (NY)

Q. Children who live in my co-op building in Yorkville, Manhattan, sometimes play in the common areas. They run up and down stairs and play ball in the outdoor entry area, at times without adult supervision. Do these activities pose

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The wade is over! City to fix overflowing private sewers in Sheepshead Bay (NY)

The city will replace overflowing old sewers in a “private” section of Sheepshead Bay — even though it is not required to do so — to prevent future flooding.  Private sewer pipes connect dozens of houses in the neighborhood’s so-called

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Centerport Condo Complex Collapses From Relentless Blaze (NY)

The nor’easter’s strong winds forced firefighters to spend several hours battling a relentless blaze at a Centerport condo complex Tuesday morning.  According to fire officials, about 100 Centerport firefighters responded to a fire in the Bull Calf Landing Townhouse Complex,

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Nor’easter Winds, Gas Fuel Condo Fire on Long Island (NY)

Flames tore through a condominium complex on Long Island Tuesday morning, collapsing a building and forcing residents out onto the street as nor’easter winds fueled the blaze.  No one was reported injured in the overnight inferno, which started around 1

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Parkchester South Condo settlement reached (NY)

Following a lengthy legal battle, a settlement has been reached with Parkchester South Condominium management over its ‘draconian’ maintenance fee increase.  On Thursday, January 5, Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda announced a resolution to the months-long battle

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