In light of recent posts, I thought this may be of intrest:
The New York Energy $mart Multifamily Performance Program harnesses the latest in building science technology and applies it specifically to your building's design and daily operation. Using a partner network, made up of engineers, energy consultants, and other industry professionals, the Multifamily Performance Program uses a customized approach to address the specific energy and operational needs of your building.
In the Existing Buildings Component eligible buildings are required to benchmark their energy performance compared to a set of similar buildings. Depending on their relative rank, they are assigned a performance target to achieve. Implementation of an Energy Reduction Plan and confirmation of achievement of the target make the buildings eligible for NYSERDA incentives.
By participating in the Multifamily Performance Program you will:
• Improve the value of your building
• Provide tenants with a comfortable and affordable living environment
• Save thousands on annual energy costs
Comments and questions should be directed to 1-877-NY-SMART
This is a very informative link and site:
Also, see the http://www.nyserda.org site
They keep assessing, raising our maintenance,& now decided to charge us all a flip tax when we sell. Our maintenance is high to begin with. The board has now removed landscapers from our premises and is using super as landscaper. the property is too big for super to do. place looks like a pig sty. tired of paying all this maintenance and all board does is scale down. What are they doing with our monies; they are not returning monies for services not being rendered. We spoke to Dave Mejias & he suggested that we contact government upstate to have laws changed. what are we to do in meantime? help.
If you have issues and questions, this opportunity is the best to get face to face advice from renowned experts in the field. The seminars are the most objective, non-commercial I have ever experienced and I've been around for longer than I care to admit. There's still time to sign up if you act now!
Hope to see you there!
Do any coops or condos audio tapes communications between the management office and residents, contractors, vendors, etc.? Likewise, do buildings tape conversations with the doormen, superintendent, security, etc.?
Does your building have the facility to tape telephone audio conversations?
If no, have you considered taping conversations and what dissuaded you from taking the action?
If yes, which conversations do you tape?
Do you tape conversations with the management office?
Do you tape conversations with the concierge / doormen?
Do you tape conversations with the security office or staff?
Do you tape conversations with the superintendent’s office?
Do you ever tape conversations of those who visit your management office such as to the office window or counter?
How do you handle conversations with belligerent or bellicose residents, contractors, vendors, etc?
We are demoing the cement and sidewalk in the front of our building and re-pouring -- the public side of it was pocked and a liability. Should the Board have a contract with the cement company and are there warranties that should be included? I have no idea what insures a "good job" or how long it should last. Are there permits and insurances we should have from the cement people? This is happening next week so quick info would be appreciated. Thanks!
We are a West Cty coop that has a No Sublet Policy. 1 of our shareholders has another apt in the county, where the maint bill is mailed. He states that the occupant is his roommate and that it is not a sublet. Is there a law/requirement for how long one must occupy the apt to qualify as primary residence or in fact that he even resides there?
good time to negotiate a bulk rate deal in yoru buiding with time warner and be really assertive about it them giving you an even larger discount than they might otherwise try to offer:
F.C.C. Set to End Sole Cable Deals for Apartments
By STEPHEN LABATON
Published: October 29, 2007
WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 —The Federal Communications Commission, hoping to reduce the
rising costs of cable television, is preparing to strike down thousands of contracts this
week that gave individual cable companies exclusive rights to provide service to an
apartment building, the agency's chairman says.
Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the F.C.C., says exclusive contracts between cable companies
and apartment buildings have contributed to the rapid rise in cable service prices.
The new rule could open markets across the country to far-ranging competition. It would
also be a huge victory for Verizon Communications and AT&T, which have challenged the
cable industry by offering their own video services. The two companies have lobbied
aggressively for the provision. They have been supported in their fight by consumer
groups, satellite television companies and small rivals to the big cable providers.
Commission officials and consumer groups said the new rule could significantly lower
cable prices for millions of subscribers who live in apartment buildings and have had no
choice in selecting a company for paid television. Government and private studies show
that when a second cable company enters a market, prices can drop as much as 30
Advice/Feedback appreciated: I am a coop owner, and I have lived for many years next to the same neighbor who has periodically yelled at me over small, isolated incidents. I have always had a cat, and several months ago I was given a second one. My neighbor has gone ballistic, claiming that there is a "smell". I have been yelled at at several times to my face or through my door, my doorbell has been rung at 3am, and my neighbor has three times put awful, nasty notes on her door - once ridiculously threatening to sue me.
My neighbor also calls and harangues the management company. The managment company has called me on occassion (in turn), and although they refer to my neighbor as "my crazy neighbor" and apologize, they do give credence to the issue, in my opinion, by asking to check and see if I will allow them to "investigate" the smell (though they have never come into my apartment itself). The board has been to the hall to investigate, the building staff has been to the hall to investigate - no one has smelled anything to support this extreme nastiness. Furthermore, I feel very harassed and am nervous going into and out of my apartment as I know I could be attacked and yelled at at any time.
I am in uncharted territory. It all looks very silly but I know how quickly things like this can go from silly to serious. What can/should I be doing to protect myself and and peace of mind? Is there a way I can get my peaceful life back?
In transition from a major managing company to a better one: do you know how the documents (kept in the offices of the managing company) get transferred and which are the time rules of the archives?
I worry that they could be difficult in giving us the full documentation....
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