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/ Owner - July 1, 2012
  • In New York, the Trump Brand Is Costing Some Condo Owners (NY) February 18, 2024
    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…………………………….
  • Brooklyn Condo Owners Face $90,000 HVAC Repair Bill: A Tale of Legal Accountability and Community Livelihoods (NY) February 17, 2024
    A Brooklyn condo building’s faulty HVAC system leaves owners facing a $90,000 repair bill. Residents question if the building’s sponsor holds responsibility due to potential design flaws or installation errors. Legal experts advise reviewing offering plans and contracts for potential solutions.   Read the article…………………………….
  • Mayor Adams eyes NYC property tax breaks as co-ops, condos face crunch from ‘green’ mandate February 12, 2024
    Mayor Eric Adams said he’d consider property tax breaks for middle-class co-op and condo owners who have to pay for pricey building upgrades when a new “green” mandate icks in.  Hizzoner said he was open to tax abatements as anxious residents brace for the costs of Local Law 97, which covers 800,000 co-op and condo apartments.   Read the article…………………………….
  • The big bad board: How do we replace our entire condo board? (NY) February 6, 2024
    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 board in accordance with our condo’s bylaws and city and state laws? Read the Q&A………………………………..
  • Former NYC Condo Empire Executive Arrested for Larceny, Tax Fraud February 6, 2024
    A former New York executive facing lawsuits over the collapse of real estate empire HFZ Capital Group has been arrested in Miami, charged with grand larceny and tax fraud. Read the article…………………………….
  • Several Departments Battle Long Island Condo Fire (NY) December 30, 2023
    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) December 26, 2023
    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) December 23, 2023
    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………………………………..
  • Queens man charged with hate crime for vandalizing condo building with threats, slurs targeting various groups (NY) December 21, 2023
    A Queens man was arraigned on Thursday, the charges accusing him of vandalizing the walls of his Sunnyside condo building with a slew of slurs and hateful messages last month, the Queens District Attorney’s Office said.   Read the article………………………………
  • City Releases FInal Rules on How Co-ops and Condos Can Comply With Local Law 97 (NY) December 20, 2023
    New York City has released its long-awaited final rules on how buildings owners, including co-op and condo boards, can cut their buildings emissions enough to comply with Local Law 97, which goes into effect less than two weeks from today, on Jan. 1, 2024    Read the article………………………………
  • Staten Island condo feud’s explosive twist — resident accused of threat to blow up building (NY) December 18, 2023
    A Staten Island penthouse owner who spent six months behind bars for refusing his condo board’s demand to remove an addition from his home is in hot water again — this time for an email threat that he says someone else fabricated to get him in trouble.    Read the article……………………………..
  • 4 Firefighters Hospitalized After 4-Alarm Blaze At Condominiums In Westchester (NY) December 11, 2023
    Afour-alarm blaze at a condominium complex in Westchester resulted in four firefighters and one civilian being sent to a nearby hospital, fire officials said.   Read the article…………………………….
  • 2 Firefighters Injured In White Plains Condo Blaze (NY) December 8, 2023
    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……………………………
  • Sunset Park Fire Sale Fails, Leaving Condo Owners and and Tenants Empty-Handed (NY) December 8, 2023
    A hoped-for auction failed last week for a charred husk of a Brooklyn building, in the latest misfortune for former residents scattered to the winds while still paying mortgages and taxes.   Read the article……………………………
  • Op-ed: The better path to environmental sustainability for co-op, condo owners (NY) December 7, 2023
    Climate change is real and we must take aggressive proactive steps to address it, but we can’t bankrupt working and middle class co-op and condo homeowners in our efforts to make change. The proposed New York City Local Law 97, with its unforgiving timelines and heavy fines endanger the housing security of working and middle-class families who have invested their life savings into their co-ops and condos all over Queens, from Whitestone to Bay Terrace.    Read the article…………………………….
  • My Home Community Is Forcing Inspections. Can They Do That? December 2, 2023
    A homeowner’s association is a democracy, but living in one involves subjecting yourself to some intrusion. It’s all in the bylaws.   Read the article……………………………
  • Gramercy Park Co-op Board Gives Cold Shoulder to Heating Law (NY) November 22, 2023
    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 co-op board has decreed that shareholders cannot pay to replace their own windows. What can shareholders do to turn this building from chill to cozy?  ...
  • In some states, it’s ‘nearly impossible’ to buy a home that isn’t part of a homeowners association, expert says October 31, 2023
    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 article………………………………   How homeowners associations became so powerful  Video report of this article……………………………..
  • Co-op and Condo Monthly Charges Rising at Triple the Inflation Rate (NY) October 23, 2023
    Monthly charges for residents of New York City co-ops and condos are rising three times as fast as inflation, The Straits Times reports, reigniting fears that the middle class will soon be priced out of this increasingly costly city.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Tenants at Harlem condo find solution to bird collision concerns (NY) October 18, 2023
    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) October 12, 2023
    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) October 12, 2023
    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……………………………..
  • Introducing a new Brick Underground resource for co-op and condo board members (NY) October 10, 2023
    Brick Underground is kicking off in a new direction today and launching a dedicated section for board members, aimed at helping those looking out for their biggest financial investment to make the most informed decisions.     Read the article…………………………..
  • There’s a Dangerous Dog in My Building. What Can I Do About It? October 8, 2023
    Laws about dangerous dogs are designed to protect you, but before you involve the authorities, your condo has a duty to protect its unit owners.   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • WarHorse CEO suing Halfmoon neighbors for $600K (NY) October 4, 2023
    The CEO of a prominent Saratoga Springs nonprofit for veterans, who has posted signs outside her home threatening to shoot trespassers. is now suing her neighbors for $600,000 over claims of antisemitism.   Read the article………………………………
  • Co-op Board Hit With $3.5 Million Lawsuit Over Brown Water (NY) September 19, 2023
    Brown water coming out of is a common sight in New York City, especially after a water shutdown. Usually it’s caused by sediment in the ancient lines that bring water down from upstate reservoirs. One solution is to install a water filtration system, which can cost as much as $80,000.     Read the article………………………..
  • Zoning Changes Will Help Co-op and Condo Boards Install Green Retrofits (NY) September 13, 2023
    Co-op and condo boards struggling to reduce their buildings’ carbon emissions just got some good news. The City Planning Commission (CPC) advanced a sweeping rewrite of New York’s zoning law Monday that would eliminate bureaucratic barriers to climate-friendly building projects. The zoning changes will now be aired at a public hearing, Crain’s reports, then voted on by the city council.   Read the article………………………..
  • Citywide Crackdown on Illegal Short-Term Rentals Begins Today (NY) September 6, 2023
    In a move loudly applauded by co-op and condo boards, the city today begins its long-awaited crackdown on illegal short-term apartment rentals by such platforms as Airbnb, VRBO and Booking.com, The New York Times reports.   Read the article………………………..
  • One woman dead after fire in Irondequoit (NY) September 4, 2023
    Several witnesses tell officials that they could see flames shooting out from a nearby window air-conditioning unit and after that, the condo was fully engulfed in flames.  Fire crews were able to pull a 59-year-old woman from the condo. She was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital where she died from her injuries.   Read the article………………………..
  • Retailer Sues Condo Board for $10 Million Over Lost Rent (NY) August 31, 2023
    The landlord of the storefronts at 2373 Broadway, a full-block, mixed-use building whose retail spaces have been dark for years, has sued the cond-op board representing the upstairs residents for $10 million for supposedly killing a pair of retail deals by delaying approval of new ventilation equipment, Crain’s reports.   Read the article………………………..
  • Pre-School Sues Condo Board Over Sidewalk Shed (NY) August 30, 2023
    There’s no shortage of reasons why New Yorkers loathe the protective sheds that cover 400 miles of city sidewalks. They’re ugly. They’re dirty. They’re magnets for sketchy characters. They stay in place way too long. Now here’s a new one to add to the list: they’re also bad for school enrollment.   Read the article………………………..
  • DOB Goes to Court Over Dilapidated, Decade-Old SIdewalk Shed (NY) August 26, 2023
    A lawsuit in Brooklyn might be the long-awaited signal that the city is finally getting tough about removing ancient sidewalk sheds.   Read the article………………………..
  • Co-op and Condo Residents Join Protests Over Migrant Shelters (NY) August 23, 2023
    More than 200 angry New Yorkers, many of them residents of co-op and condos, rallied outside a shuttered Staten Island nursing home on Sunday to protest its proposed conversion to a migrant shelter, The New York Post reports.   Read the article………………………..
  • Trump Org’s sweet deal in Turtle Bay approved by judge (NY) August 21, 2023
    Apartment owners at Trump World Tower who opposed leasing the Trump Organization’s commercial unit there suffered a loss in court Friday.  A Manhattan judge ruled that the sponsor of the Turtle Bay building, a company affiliated with the Trump Organization, can renovate the 2,500-square-foot space it owns and bill the $1.75 million construction cost to the condo board, which will also pay $190,000 in annual rent.  Read the article………………………..
  • Riverhead appeals court ruling that Oak Hills roads were made ‘public highways’ by 2015 Town Board resolutions (NY) August 10, 2023
    Riverhead’s fight with a Baiting Hollow community over road maintenance and repairs continues.  The Town Board last month authorized outside counsel to appeal a trial court judgment in favor of the Oak Hills Association earlier this year in costly litigation dating back to 2016.   Read the article………………………..
  • City Seeks to Tighten Garage Inspections After Deadly Collapse August 8, 2023
    One good turn deserves another. As the first round of the city’s new six-year cycle of mandatory garage inspections draws to a close, the city council is considering even tighter rules — in response to the parking garage collapse in April in Lower Manhattan that killed one and injured five.    Read the article………………………..
  • Roofing Contractor in $3.7M Stalemate with Suburban NYC Condo Complex August 4, 2023
    A 157-unit condominium complex in Westchester County, NY, is fighting with the roofing contractor firm hired for a reroof of its 15 buildings in the hamlet of Hartsdale, located in Greenburgh, a commuter suburb of New York City, at a cost of $3.7 million.    Read the article………………………..
  • Western Queens co-op/condo owners learn about costs of new climate law at town hall event (NY) August 1, 2023
    More than 150 concerned western Queens residents attended a town hall event in Sunnyside on Wednesday, July 26, to learn about a new climate law that is likely to impose hefty costs on the owners of older co-op and condo buildings — and how to rally against its implementation.   Read the article………………………..
  • Some relief available for NYC co-ops and condos as they approach year-end deadline for climate law upgrades (NY) July 31, 2023
    Time is running out for New York City co-op and condo owners to upgrade inefficient, fossil fuel-burning heating and cooling systems as mandated under city Local Law 97 — or face stiff penalties.  Read the article………………………..
  • My 55+ Community Is Discriminating Against Me. What Power Do I Have? (NY) July 29, 2023
    Q: My husband and I own a condo in a 55-plus community on Long Island. He likes to golf, while I like to use the complex’s outdoor pool. Our homeowners association just made a rule that single owners can bring a guest to the pool, but married couples have to bring their spouse, or no one at all.   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • NYC co-op and condo owners face expensive dilemma in upgrading buildings to meet new climate law July 27, 2023
    New York City condo owners and co-op managers may soon learn that there are other major costs to climate change beyond hotter summers, stronger storms, flash floods and apocalyptic smoke.   Read the article………………………..
  • Co-op and Condo Boards Are Getting the Jump on Garage Inspections (NY) July 20, 2023
    When a poorly maintained, century-old parking garage collapsed in Lower Manhattan on April 18, killing one person and injuring five others, alarms sounded in co-op and condo board rooms across the city.  “That was definitely a wake-up call,” says Eric Cowley, principal at Cowley Engineering and one of 52 city-approved inspectors of parking structures. “We started getting calls from boards asking what the rules are under the new law.”    Read the article………………………..
  • Looming Climate Law Has Co-op and Condo Owners Fretting About Funds to Retrofit Buildings (NY) July 5, 2023
    Property owners with lower or fixed incomes are scrambling to fund renovations to comply with a city climate law that requires buildings to reduce their carbon emissions.  They say the city has not provided viable financing options, or explained what mitigating factors could ease potential noncompliance penalties for the law that’s set to take effect in just six months.   Read the article………………………..
  • Queens lawmaker’s bills aimed at preserving affordability for NYC co-op, condo homeowners passes state legislature (NY) June 24, 2023
    Two bills sponsored by Assemblyman Edward Braunstein to provide tax relief to middle-class New York City cooperative and condominium owners have been passed in the Assembly and Senate.   Read the article………………………..
  • State Funds to Help Disadvantaged Co-ops Cut Their Carbon Emissions (NY) June 21, 2023
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is making $10 million available to advance carbon-neutral building projects and economic development in disadvantaged communities throughout the state, Crain’s reports.   Read the article………………………..
  • Airbnb Files Suit Over Law Curbing Short-Term Rentals (NY) June 7, 2023
    Co-op and condo boards applauded earlier this year when the city enacted Local Law 18, which was designed to cut down on the scourge of illegal short-term apartment rentals in their buildings.    Read the article………………………..
  • Legislature Extends Co-op and Condo Property Tax Abatement to 2026 (NY) June 1, 2023
    The state Legislature on Thursday passed a bill — which Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to sign into law — that will keep the cherished co-op and condo property tax abatement alive until at least 2026.    Read the article………………………..
  • Eric Trump dumped millions of dollars in fees on tenants after condo deal: lawsuit May 30, 2023
    Trump World Tower resident Johanna Beiter filed a lawsuit against the condo board, of which Eric Trump is a member, saying he approved the conversion with little notice to condo owners and without giving them an opportunity to appeal.   Read the article………………………..
  • Judge blocks building’s construction at Spring Valley condo complex pending lawsuit review (NY) May 24, 2023
    The condo board’s lawsuit filed on May 2 involves Rockland County, Spring Valley, the property owner and the condominium’s board of managers, which opposes the construction.   Read the article………………………..
  • Stalled Condo Tower Near Wall Street Doesn’t Just Tilt — FDNY Declared it a Hazard (NY) May 16, 2023
    ….four years after it was first scheduled to open, the promised upscale high-rise remained an empty hulk, its upper floors open to the elements, most of its glass wall exterior yet to be installed.  This was 161 Maiden Lane — shut down by its owner midway through construction after the discovery that the entire structure leans slightly to the north.    Read the article………………………..
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