Mamaroneck condo owners sue to stop rental surcharge (NY)

Owners of several apartments in the Continental View Condominium in Mamaroneck have sued the condo board for imposing a $1,800 annual fee on owners who rent their apartments.  Eleven owners of eight apartments accused the board of exceeding its authority by enacting a new house rule without obtaining approval by two-thirds of the owners, in […]

DOB Offering Free, No-Violation Building Inspections for Co-ops and Condos (NY)

Time is running out. Co-op and condo boards have until July 31 to sign up for the Department of Buildings’ (DOB) free, no-violation building inspections.  This citywide initiative allows co-op and condo boards, homeowners, landlords and small business owners to call 311 to schedule a free, no-penalty visual inspection of various areas of their properties,  […]

Brooklyn condo residents win lawsuit, set to convert building to co-op (NY)

They thought they were buying apartments in a 25-unit condo in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. But the developer lacked permits to erect the building, never transferred deeds to the owners, and failed to make $5 million in mortgage payments. When the lender, Maxim Credit Group, started foreclosure proceedings on the property, the residents faced the prospect […]

Five-story Condo catches fire on Cliffside Drive in South Bristol (NY)

Cheshire Volunteer Fire Department and Bristol Fire Department responded to a structure fire as a condo caught fire in South Bristol Wednesday morning.  According to firefighters around 4:53 a.m. Ontario County 911 received a call reporting a condo fire on Cliffside Drive, and upon arrival found heavy smoke emitting from the fourth floor of the […]

A Mega-Lawsuit, a Rush of Listings and Price Cuts Galore: What’s Going on at 432 Park? (NY)

When 432 Park Avenue launched sales to much fanfare in 2013, the condominium was hailed as one of Manhattan’s most prestigious addresses. The sleek, roughly 1,400-foot-high tower on Billionaires’ Row was briefly the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. With a private dining terrace, Michelin star chef and luxurious spa, it drew celebrity residents […]

Lake George Association again challenges proposal by Lake George Park Commission to use herbicide to control invasive aquatic plan (NYMN)

Plans by the Lake George Park Commission to use an herbicide to control an invasive aquatic plant are once again being contested by local advocates.  The Lake George Association is leading efforts to stop the LGPC from using chemical ProcellaCOR in two proposed experimental treatments in the lake.   Read the article…………………………….

City Council Tightens Parking Garage Inspections with Trio of New Bills (NY)

One good turn deserves another. After tightening parking garage inspection rules in the wake of last year’s deadly collapse of a garage in Downtown Manhattan, the New York City Council has passed three bills that further tighten the screws on garage owners, including co-op and condo boards.   Read the article…………………………….

Southampton man convicted of fraud, money laundering (NY)

Officials said that Slothower devised a scheme to misappropriate more than $1 million from clients and prospects. While operating Battery Private, Slothower solicited business from a couple from California whose money he had managed at another financial services firm where he was previously employed. Slothower promised the victims he could beat any rate of return […]

New York City’s Hidden Water Tax May Cause 8% Increase in Bills

New Yorkers love to complain about taxes, including but not limited to property taxes, sales taxes and income taxes. Now all city residents — whether they live in co-ops or condos, rental buildings or single-family homes — may soon have a new tax to complain about: a hidden tax on water and sewer service that […]

What you can expect to pay for NYC condo or co-op insurance

New York City has never been particularly cheap, and annual insurance costs make living in the city even more expensive for condo and co-op owners.  Condo and co-op insurance—which protects your individual apartment—normally runs several hundred dollars a year. But premiums have gotten more expensive since 2020 thanks to inflation, higher construction costs, and a […]

LIC Condo Board Settles Wage Dispute with Service Workers (NY)

There’s no such thing as a free lunch — or a free tax break. The popular 421-a tax abatement, for instance, comes with the requirement that a building receiving the tax relief must pay its non-union employees prevailing wages, which are pegged to the wages and benefits enjoyed by members of Local 32BJ of the […]

In a luxe N.Y. condo, residents battle over dumping the Trump name

A referendum underway inside one New York condominium building has led to bitter divisions between once-friendly neighbors, who have handed out dueling information and lobbed accusations of wrongdoing back and forth as votes are tallied.    Read the article…………………………….

Fire in Chester condo complex destroys several units (NY)

A fire in Chester Tuesday destroyed several units inside a condominium complex.  Chester Fire Department Chief Thomas Marchiano says the flames broke out in the afternoon at the Whispering Hills condominium complex inside a garage and spread to the apartments above.    Read the article…………………………….

Queens Condo Mgmt Must Pay $119K For Workers Stiffed Out Of Benefits (NY)

Managers of a swanky Queens condo building stiffed workers out of benefits they were entitled to receive under the terms of a lucrative tax break, said city Comptroller Brad Lander.  Choice NY Property Management must pay $119,000 to its workers at The Jackson, a condominium in Long Island City, according to a wage theft settlement […]

Somers community says HOA refuses to fix massive sinkhole (NY)

“Ten years ago, we saw a sinkhole was developing so we notified the homeowners association. They told me there’s no imminent danger here, and I said ‘Well, let your grandchildren come play back here,”‘ he says.  He says he’s reached out to the homeowners association about 30 times over the years about this.   Read the […]

Brooklyn Tower Is in Trouble (NY)

Stern’s supertall at 9 Dekalb, with its strikingly dark neo-Gothic façade, is now the most recognizable feature in the Brooklyn skyline — and perhaps its most divisive. But people in the real-estate industry have always talked about it for a different reason, with some speculating it was doomed from the start   Read the article…………………………….

Security firm paying $230K to settle wage-theft case at Chelsea condo (NY)

New York Attorney General Letitia James and city Comptroller Brad Lander on Monday announced a nearly $230,000 settlement with the managers of a Manhattan condo building and a private security firm for underpaying its workers.  A joint city and state investigation found that Allied Universal Security Services had for years been underpaying its security guards […]

Somers community says HOA refuses to fix massive sinkhole (NY)

A community in Somers says their homeowner’s association won’t fix a massive sinkhole, despite many calls about it.  “Ten years ago, we saw a sinkhole was developing so we notified the homeowners association. They told me there’s no imminent danger here, and I said ‘Well, let your grandchildren come play back here,”‘ he says.    […]

Fire tears through roof of condo building in Beacon; no injuries reported (NY)

A fire ravaged through a condo building in Dutchess County Tuesday leaving several families without a home.  Several neighboring fire departments responded to the blaze, including from the City of Newburgh across the Hudson River. It took them more than an hour to put the fire out.     Read the article…………………………….

Condo owners at 443 Greenwich have been suing developer for years (NY)

Bloomberg had the story this week, and I have since traced it through court records: Since 2021, the “board of managers” (is that what folks call a condo board?) of 443 Greenwich, aka the celebrity dorm between Desbrosses and Vestry, has been in court with its sponsor owners and architect over a laundry list of […]

Property owners group sues City of Newburgh (NY)

Hudson Valley Property Owners Association, Inc. Tuesday filed suit in Supreme Court in Orange County against the City of Newburgh and New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal, challenging the legality of Newburgh’s imposition of rent control through the adoption of the Emergency Tenant Protection Act of 1974 (ETPA).   Read the article…………………………….

Lawsuit Based on Racketeering Act Seeks Ouster of Fifth Avenue Co-op Board (NY)

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was designed to help prosecutors go after mobsters. Recently it was used to bring charges against former president Donald Trump and his allies for their efforts to reverse the 2020 election results in Georgia. Now it’ss the basis for a lawsuit in a tony co-op on Manhattan’s […]

In New York, the Trump Brand Is Costing Some Condo Owners (NY)

When Donald J. Trump became president, condominiums in buildings emblazoned with his name began selling for less, according to an analysis.  In the world of real estate, Donald J. Trump’s name has long been synonymous with luxury.   Read the article…………………………….

The big bad board: How do we replace our entire condo board? (NY)

Q: I live in a New York City condo building where over 50 percent of the unit owners have met and decided it is necessary to replace the entire board without consideration of their particular running terms. We know there is a process that needs to be followed. How do we go about replacing the […]

Several Departments Battle Long Island Condo Fire (NY)

A fire broke out at a Long Island condominium complex, leaving residents displaced, authorities said.   Officers and firefighters were able to evacuate residents safely, and no injuries were reported.     Read the article…………………………….

Condos lose special street claim (NY)

Two condominiums adjacent to Franklin Place, a mid-block alley in lower Manhattan, asked that Franklin Place be designated as a fire apparatus access road in order to prohibit parking next to condominiums.  Read the article………………………………….

New Deadline for Parking Structure Inspections (NY)

The roll-out of the city’s garage inspection program has just been accelerated. The city has posted a new deadline that requires all buildings with garages to complete an initial safety inspection of the structure by b.  Read the article………………………………..

2 Firefighters Injured In White Plains Condo Blaze (NY)

Two firefighters were sent to the hospital after battling a three-alarm fire in White Plains Thursday.  The blaze at Chateau Condominiums on North Broadway impacted nine apartments,   Read the article……………………………

Gramercy Park Co-op Board Gives Cold Shoulder to Heating Law (NY)

A co-op in the pricey Gramercy Park neighborhood in Manhattan is very chill — in the wrong way. Shareholders complain that there has been no heat after 10 p.m. this year. That the heat comes on late in the morning. That windows are drafty — but the shareholders voted down building-wide window replacements, and the […]

In some states, it’s ‘nearly impossible’ to buy a home that isn’t part of a homeowners association, expert says

Homeowners associations, also known as HOAs, are self-governing organizations that implement rules for homeowners and renters within common-interest communities. A board of directors, made up of volunteer homeowners in the community, run the HOA. The board may choose to hire a management company, many of which are for-profit, to help run day-to-day operations.    Read the […]

Tenants at Harlem condo find solution to bird collision concerns (NY)

Bright glass buildings in New York City have become death traps for birds that are killed by the impact of flying straight into the windows.  As a result, residents at a condo building in Harlem are stepping up to make their building safer for birds.   Read the article…………………………….

White Plains condo challenges city OK of DISH antennas (NY)

A White Plains condominium claims that city officials abused their discretion when they approved plans by DISH Wireless to install wireless telecommunication antennas on a rooftop near the condo.    Read the article…………………………………

Luxury Condo Feels the Sting of Fannie Mae’s New Guidelines (NY)

When buyers at 75 Wall St., a luxury condo in Manhattan’s Financial District, were denied residential mortgages earlier this year, it became clear the building was a casualty of stricter enforcement of Fannie Mae’s new lending guidelines.   Read the article……………………………..