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2020 Spring
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Board Operations
2020 Spring Coping with Conflict

Life in a co-op or condo is in many respects a microcosm of the larger world outside. It can suffer from the same factionalism and power struggles as any political entity, only on a much smaller and more intimate—and thus potentially more d…

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Maintenance
2020 Spring Airborne Irritants

Home Sweet Home can become un-sweet very quickly when the physical environment you’ve worked hard to create becomes a source of environmental toxicity. Chemicals, smoke, pet dander, and mold—along with other allergens and irritants—can make…

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Landscaping
2020 Spring Cultivating a Community Garden

Whether a community is surrounded by suburbs or big-city high-rises, a little greenery can go a long way in adding visual appeal—and value. In fact, given the lack of space and the challenge of keeping plants healthy and thriving, urban gar…

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Q&A
2020 Spring 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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Q&A
2020 Spring 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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Q&A
2020 Spring 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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