2019 October
Focus on... Board Operations

Board Operations
2019 October Removing a Condominium Owner

Unlike in a co-op, wherein residents own shares in a corporation entitling them to occupy their apartment – and in which the co-op board is pretty much the final authority over how the community is run – condos and HOAs are considered ‘real…

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Board Operations
2019 October Autumn Extermination Challenges

Whether in a single-family home or an apartment building, every homeowner has experienced that moment: he or she turns on the kitchen light in the middle of the night to see a huge water bug scurry across the counter, or hear the sound of t…

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Board Operations
2019 October Board Optics

Community association and co-op boards typically consist of elected volunteers whose job is to serve the best interests of the community in day-to-day decisions both big and small. In an ideal world, every board would live and die by its fi…

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Board Operations
2019 October Conducting Better Meetings

Residents in condo, HOA and co-op communities are frequently quite busy. Boards consist of elected volunteers who nearly always have other jobs and lives. So while a professional management company can relieve much of the day-to-day operati…

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Board Operations
2019 October Condos, Co-ops & Kids

While children are most certainly the future, in the present they can often be a bit of a handful. In buildings and associations where residents live in close quarters, it’s inevitable that unit owners without kids will cross paths with the…

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Board Operations
2019 October Fines and Penalties

Community living comes with lots of rules and regulations – many of which are codified in largely static, hard-to-amend governing documents like proprietary leases and condominium declarations. Others are laid out in the more flexible conte…

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Design
2019 October Internal Affairs

The days of homogenized, antiseptic dwellings are behind us. Whether city or suburb, people are looking to live in alluring spaces within dynamically-designed residential properties. The last few years have seen aesthetic trends come and go…

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Law & Legislation
2019 October Interesting Conflicts

There is a natural inclination in business to work with those whom you know and trust. Relying on relationships that have developed over time is just a commonsense way to ensure that you’re getting a fair deal from a competent vendor who wi…

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Maintenance
2019 October D.I.Why Not?

Amid moments of economic uncertainty, a condominium, cooperative, or homeowner’s association may instinctively want to pinch pennies when it can, especially in regard to maintenance projects. Should an association have a full-time, in-house…

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Real Estate Trends
2019 October Basement Rooms

Architecture and design have changed a lot over the years. Considerations for ‘what-goes-where’ are very different now than, say, back in the Roaring Twenties, when so much of New York’s housing stock – and hence a large proportion of today…

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Q&A
2019 October Q&A: Setting Up a Charter for a Master Association

Q. I am president of a master association with 16 homeowner associations. Recently, our new attorney recommended creating charters for our master association and the advisory committees. What are the advantages of this over just creating …

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Q&A
2019 October Q&A: Elevator Maintenance Charges

Q. Ours is a 96-unit multi-unit building with 12 tiers of eight condominium units per tier. There are two units on each floor in each tier. Each tier has an elevator that serves the second, third and fourth floor units and there is an ele…

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Q&A
2019 October Q&A: Save Our Super

Q. Our super was hired six months ago. He’s a hard worker and all the tenants like him. But the president of the board fired him three days before his six-month probation period was up. The tenants requested a special meeting to find out …

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