Recently our building was “infested” by one shareholder who lived with a bedbug infestation for months rather than pay for exterminator and wound up spreading bugs to at least 4 other apartments who then had to pay for exterminator. Now 6 months later the same shareholder has new infestation since they did not follow exterminator instructions for cleaning their belongings. Also turns out they did not provide a key to management for inspections until just recently (after they infected the whole line of apartments 6 Months ago). Is Managment responsible for allowing this re-infestation and shouldn’t they cover any exterminator costs?> Join the conversation Comments (2)
As a property manager, I have concern with attorneys, inspectors and anyone other than police asking to view our camera system for any reason.
Recently we had a person hit by a car in from of the building and the pedestrians lawyer is requesting footage.
I think with times as they are, I should have some sort of one page liability waiver upon providing this, as courtesy only, stating that we accept no liability for the quality, viewed areas, ability for them to obtain the information needed, and for any wrongful dissemination of the information on their part... plus whatever I am not thinking of.
Does anyone else share this concern?
Does anyone have, or know of some indemnification form that covers this?
Curious to know others thoughts and insights..
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This regards a recent legal case. Even when “late fees” is used in the lease rather than “interest,” the amount of such a fees can still be limited by law. The recent case of Cleo Realty Assoc., L.P. v. Papagiannakis involved late fees in the amount of 4% per month or 48% per year. The court held that New York’s usury statute that an interest charge of more than 25% per year is a criminal offense determined such fees as unenforceable.
1.5% per month would be the appropriate legal ballpark.
I have owned/lived in a coop in Westchester NY since 2001 and this past summer the outside parking lot where my parking spot is was repaved and relined. My parking spot was reduced 2-3 feet and it is not more difficult for me to pull in and out of my spot. I purchased this parking spot and it has separate shares from my apartment. I have been fighting the property manager over the reduction of my space since June. At first they ignored my request to resize my space. Then they lied multiple times claiming that they made my space 2 feet longer. After calling them out on the lies, after 4 months I receive a new letter from the Board claiming that my parking space will not be resized and they did it for the good of all the shareholders to make more clearance in the driveway for snow plow, etc. Suddenly, after 16 years they now need more clearance and they are allowed to take from my parking spot? My space is the middle space in a line of 3 cars against a wall so I must parallel park and they have resized my space that even a midsize car has difficulty parking. Do they have the right to reduce the size of my parking space without any notice or discussion? This issue will affect my resale considering anyone who wants to purchase my apartment cannot have a car larger than a midsize sedan. My car is a subaru legacy sedan and they only gave me about 2 feet of extra space. Not only did they shorten my space but they moved the location of a space that is on the other side of the driveway so that it is also in my path when I have to back up. Parking is now causing me anxiety as I have to be super careful not to touch any other cars and it also takes me longer to park as I now have to pull forward and back 4-5 times to get fully into my spot.> Join the conversation Comments (2)
We receive our financials on a monthly basis as a PDF distributed to the board via email. I never really thought twice about this until we received the financial report for another community that our managing agent manages.
In the report contained rent rolls, shareholder names, full addresses and statement balances. The report also contained the current bank statement for each account they had including their account numbers.
This isn't the first time we've received sensitive information from another development - we've also received purchase applications for other communities containing the purchaser's tax returns, credit and bank statements and other sensitive information.
My managing agent is reluctant to implement an encryption program - he still claims that user error could still cause a problem, and he doesn't want to take on extra cost.
I'd like to take the pulse of the users here - how do YOU receive sensitive financial information?
I received 30 day notice to cure just as I was about to market my apartment. It was ridiculous because I was not doing anything that other share holders don't engage in. I had to remove potted plants super/cleaning lady kept her lavender plant on the fire escape stairs, no problem. So I waste my time and cure... Shareholder meeting voted me out of building... I lost value time with their petty cure which cost me time. I am furious!
I live in the village of Hempstead and there is no agency here for tenants being harassed and bullied. The coop attorney said the MA was willing to listen to a recording of a board member having a complete meltdown rage. I told the attorney that he was incorrect and the MA refused to listen. Well that was the end of that. Facts were completely ignored and fiction prevailed. It was bad enough when they accused me of arson (especially since there was no fire). But at the meeting I also discovered the supers claim that he thinks o may abduct his children and sell them! How can this be happening?
I live in a co-op building since 2000, where one sponsor bought the majority of apartments. He does not reside there and only a few apartments are under rent stabilization. I am not and my lease says I sublet the apartment. The sponsor has never painted the apartment ( I ended up painting it myself)and if there is a problem, I deal with the super (who doesn't deal with subletees unless we pay him a large tip), I pay for a storage unit . and the better storage units are reserved for co-op owners.
My storage unit is next to a broken window where rodents took up residence and subsequently and destroyed everything. Even the super was shocked, but said there wasn't anything I could do. I live next to a serious hoarder who is infested with rats and roaches ( he is rent stabilized) . The fire department declared the apartment a fire hazard.
Still, I never complained about anything because I felt intimidated being a sublet.
The owner asked me to testify in court about this tenant ( I lost a days pay). The owner never followed through the courts recommendations.
Still, I never complained, even when the rent started going up $200 a year.
I'm a retired teacher living on a pension and I could no longer afford this apartment, so I'm moving upstate by the end of October.
For the first time, I'm late with my rent because I'm paying for 2 places .
Will I get in trouble if I don't pay Sept/ October rent ?
Does anyone have advice- I would greatly appreciate it!
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