We have an owner who owes quite a bit of money to our building. They use an old email address that often does not work well, e.g., our emails to them often bounce back. If we hire a debt collector, and the debt collector identifies the person's current, working email, does the board then have the right to use it? (This might be a work email.) Thanks for any insight.> Join the conversation Comments (1)
I'm attempting to calculate the Gross Floor Area of my building (a small coop). What is not clear (to me) is whether outdoor, uncovered, roof decks are used in the calculation (description below).
GFA is one metric used to determine if a building is classified as "covered" under Local Law 97, which mandates reductions in greenhouse gas emissions starting this year (but getting serious in 2030).
Per 1-RCNY-103-06: "Gross floor area is the total number of square feet measured between the
exterior surfaces of the enclosing fixed walls. It includes vent shafts, elevator shafts, flues, pipe shafts,
vertical ducts, stairwells, light wells, basement space, mechanical/electrical rooms, and interior parking.
It excludes unroofed courtyards and unroofed light wells. For atria, gross floor area only includes the
area of atrium floors. For tenant spaces, interior demising walls should be measured to the centerline of
Another definition I found says balconies should be included. Nothing I've found either includes or excludes roof decks.
WITHOUT including our roof decks my building is likely just under the 25,000 gross sqft threshold specified in LL97. Including them puts us over. This has serious implications for the finances of our coop in the near future.
So we have a strange situation. We have neighbors (another building not part of our co-op) coming to our laundry room and using our machines. Not sure how many but from time to time. It’s not a laundry room in the basement so easy to get on the property . Laundry room has its own space. I feel that a sign needs to be posted …. No trespassing …private property! Has anyone experienced this?> Join the conversation Comments (2)
If a parent purchases a condo apartment for an adult son or daughter, does that mean that the adult occupant of the apartment is the person who gets to vote in condo elections, rather than the purchaser? Our managing agent sometimes cc's the parent on messages about the condo and does not cc the occupant (though they usually do cc the occupant). As a board member, I've asked the occupant to clarify whether they want the parent to receive these messages, and they have not responded. (I'm considering reaching out directly to the parent regarding their understanding/ preference for receiving messages about the condo association.) I'm also unclear about whether the occupant is the person who should be voting in elections rather than the parent. The occupant has, in fact, been invited by management to attend the annual meetings and has voted in our annual elections. (To my knowledge, the parent has never requested to attend the annual meetings.) Any advice is welcome.> Join the conversation Comments (1)
Our Occupancy Agreement (Proprietary Lease) has a Section with rules on paying the monthly fee and voting rules for increasing fees. The ByLaws nowhere mention Shareholders obligation to pay their share of expenses.
The Board is considering simply moving the Occupancy Agreement clause into the ByLaws.
Is that the correct move? What is the standard form on this subject for the Bylaws, if any?
In our Co-op we have some board members who are now proposing that non-resident shareholders not be able to vote at all in any matters.
I understand that non-residents can be restricted from becoming board members or officers but is it legal to take away all of their voting rights?
Thanks in advance for any answers.
Some of the doormen in our UWS cop do not help carry bags for some residents but do carry them for favored residents. They make a point of sitting and doing nothing for the residents they do not like or have a vendetta against. The management has been told but the situation does not change. We have one or two doormen who will also not open the door for nannies and housekeepers.
What can be done?? It is terrible.
In the past, certain maintenance work was not done in our building because some board members said that they, personally, could not afford to pay for it. So some work, such as re-painting common areas where paint had flaked off, was never done. Is this an example of the board members not fulfilling their fiduciary duties? If so, how should this be addressed? It seems that New York State requires that board members act as fiduciaries, but it would help to have clear examples (via written articles) of what is entailed in service of that duty. Thanks.> Join the conversation Comments (1)
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