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- April 7, 2016
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Earlier this year, state Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron awarded a co-op shareholder named Susan Reinhard the staggering sum of $120,000 in back maintenance, plus interest and attorney’s fees. Reinhard claimed in a lawsuit that the co-op board at Connaught Tower at 300 E. 54th Street did nothing to prevent second-hand smoke from wafting into […]

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- April 4, 2016
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Drones. Everyone has heard of them. No one is sure what to make of them. Are they destined to be the scourge of the skies? Or are they simply a brilliant convenience that will allow regular folks to complete everyday tasks from the comfort of their computers? While the jury is still out, and will […]

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- March 2, 2016
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In a decision that’s sure to fuel the smoking debate in every co-op in the city, a state Supreme Court judge has awarded more than $120,000 in back maintenance, interest and attorney fees to a co-op shareholder who claimed that smoke from other apartments had permeated her unit and rendered it uninhabitable.    Read the […]

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- February 25, 2016
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It seems that every co-op and condo building has at least one: the bad apple, the shareholder or unit-owner who turns life sour for everyone else. Co-op boards have a powerful weapon in the battle against problem shareholders – eviction for objectionable conduct – but before going nuclear, boards should take three simple steps: study […]

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- February 18, 2016
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When the co-op board first learned about the shareholder’s dog – kept in defiance of a long-time pet prohibition – they also learned that the dog was purportedly a “therapy dog,” a trusted companion that a resident claims is vital to his or her mental health. The directors didn’t believe her – and forced her […]

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- February 17, 2016
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Sometimes, what initially appeared to be a curse turns out to be a blessing. This was the case at Lindenwood Village, a 146-unit co-op in Howard Beach, Queens, where the discovery of a theft by the office manager led to a major house-cleaning that helped salvage what had been a sinking ship.  Read the article………….

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- February 17, 2016
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Noise complaints are the migraine of the headaches besetting co-op and condo boards. They come without warning, they tend to be brutal, and there’s no simple cure. Worst of all, they can come from almost any source – stereos, TVs, musical instruments, renovation work, appliances, parties, children, footfalls, even the noise people make when they […]

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- February 16, 2016
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I have been to my fair share of residential board meetings and was able to offer key insights into how to most effectively and efficiently run these meetings. Here are some of the key takeaways:     Read the article………..

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- January 28, 2016
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Mold loves moisture. It doesn’t grow overnight, but co-op and condo boards need to act fast when it appears because mold-induced health complications – and lawsuits – can be devastating.    Read the article…………

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- January 26, 2016
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Every co-op seems to have at least one: the disruptive resident who never stops bombarding the board with complaints. Unfortunately, co-op boards can’t dismiss the impossible-to-placate shareholder as a whiner and a mere nuisance. Boards need to determine if all complaints are legitimate, and then act appropriately. It sometimes requires the skills of a psychiatrist, […]

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