Category: Q&A

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Winter 2020 Q&A: Hoarding Problem

Q. Please help me. I live in a condo. My next door neighbor is a hoarder. She constantly leaves the front door open. I complained to the buildings department many times. The smell is awful; she has mice, roaches, and water bugs. What can …

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Winter 2020 Q&A: Repurposing Common Space Without Owner Approval

Q. My condo board, against the rules that require a vote to change the use of common property, is now using our paddle board court to store large equipment like pressure washers, etc. I asked about it at the annual meeting and they told m…

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Secondhand Smoke Complaints

Q. I live in a condo and my neighbor downstairs from me is constantly smoking. I brought it to the attention of management and nothing has been done. What are my options as an owner: do I bring legal action against the management, or do I t…

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Fall 20 Q&A: Neighbor’s Secondhand Smoke

Q. I live in a condo and my neighbor downstairs from me is constantly smoking. I brought it to the attention of management and nothing has been done. What are my options as an owner: do I bring legal action against the management or do I …

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Legal Q&A

Neighbor’s Secondhand Smoke Q. I live in a condo and my neighbor downstairs from me is constantly smoking. I brought it to the attention of management and nothing has been done. What are my options as an owner: do I bring legal action agai…

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Summer Q&A: No Election

Q. My HOA board has not had an election in 10 years! They keep reappointing themselves and appointing their friends to the board when there is a vacancy. Is this legal? How can this abuse of power by my HOA be stopped?                   …

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Disease & Disclosure

Q. If a resident in our building tests positive for COVID-19, or is self-quarantined, should we tell the other residents and staff? A. According to Manhattan-based law firm Armstrong Teasdale, "Residents should be notified if the board or …

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2020 spr Q&A: Persistent Roof Leak

Q. My co-op board and property management company have failed to correct a roof leak which filters to my top floor apartment for eight months. I believe the failure to be the result of low-cost repair/patchwork attempts rather than compre…

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2020 spr Q&A: Board Won’t Fix the Elevator

Q. My family and I live in a 6-story condominium. We own the top two floors (5 & 6), which amounts to 22% of the building. The elevator has been out of service for two months. The board members seem to be in no hurry to get it fixed (they…

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2020 spr Q&A: Dealing with a Disruptive Tenant

Q. I have written several complaint letters to the board and the managing agent regarding a noisy neighbor. They did send a letter to the shareholders about a year ago, but the problem persists, and although I continue to write letters, n…

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