A reader has asked if he should be able to open his lot line window and if the co-op is responsible for making his window operational if it is not.
Plumbers and contractors have been working in every Unit making repairs and updating system. Shareholders have been notified when workers need entry into apartments and if residents cannot be present during work the
Super has entered with permission using management keys. The Super and managing agent have been present when workers are in the apartments.
Board was recently told an expensive heirloom is missing. Board instructed shareholder to make a police report, call their home owners insurance and submit in writing to management details of incident.
Can anyone tell me what the standard protocol is and who would be liable?
My 8 unit HDFC just got a quote for 11k to install a comelit video intercom w/ smartphone integration.
I am confident in my ability to install an off brand video intercom system for under 2k. However future hardware and software support is not as certain with an established (& expensive) brand.
Our maintenance is very low (40 cents a sqft) & that 9k can be put to much better use. However 2 of 8 shareholders are not team players & will absolutely make my life miserable any time in the next 20 years when there is a problem, and likely a few times when there isn't a problem.
I believe it's the right thing to do for the building, however my 2 terrible neighbors make me confident it would be bad for me personally. Please convince me not to spend the time & invite the trouble.
I own a co-op unit in a 1960s building. During a recent renovation my neighbor upstairs removed the kitchen in his unit which is above me ( he combined two apartments) and now my kitchen vent duct opens directly into his living room. After the renovation, I now hear everything he says as clearly as if he was standing in my apartment. The super has looked at the vent shaft with a flashlight, and says the vent shaft is "completely open" and straight." There are no turns to in it. He says there's a turn in the kitchen shaft of his own unit in the building. So it appears that my unit is directly linked to the above unit via the shaft.
Is this legal? Is this a code violation in New York City?
We are a small co-op and I am the President of the Board. Two years ago a shareholder ("Richard") moved in and since then he has let his water overflow eight times into the apartment below him (owned by "Tom"). Each time the water cascades down the walls of Tom's apartment and at times enters the light fixtures. Tom was very patient particularly because he liked Richard and they became friends. After about the 5th flooding, Tom asked that the matter be brought up at a Board meeting. He specifically said he didn't want anything done but wanted it on the record, which is what happened. Now Tom is furious after this latest episode and has asked the Board to advise him on what steps he needs to take to get his apartment tested for mold. What is the Board's responsibility here? Do we leave it for them to work out?> Join the conversation Comments (1)
I'm a board member in Brooklyn NY. We are a six story building. We are trying to increase our revenue stream. Some ideas are renting more storage units and cell tower leasing. I'm wondering about the current state of cell tower leasing given the changing technology. Any input on the upside/downside of this, numbers for potential income, as well as whether it's best to deal with phone companies directly or go through a third party would be greatly appreciated.
Happy Thanksgiving to all :)
I live in an HDFC coop in NYC. A few years after purchasing my boyfriend moved in. He is also interested in purchasing his own apartment in the building in a few years. We both separately meet the income requirements for HDFCs, however if we were to apply jointly we would not. If we enter into a domestic partnership before he applies to purchase an apartment would he have to list both of our incomes?> Join the conversation Comments (2)
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