I have grown weary of board service.
However, I know too much to give it up.
I am frustrated in my attempts to get the board working together and sharing the work and attention.
I am sick of management not doing what they were hired to do and feeling the need to constantly check up on them because of it.
I am fed up with shareholders who just don't get what it means to be part of a coop or their role in the process.
I am sick of certain shareholders believing I, as a member of the board, am the landlord.
Just when I thought I could get out...they all pulled me back in.
This is my home and I would prefer a seat at the table trying to work towards function as opposed to walking away and allowing dysfunction.
But....lets face it...the coop model stinks. It is ripe for incompetence, inefficiency, wastes time, wastes money...and at worse is ripe for fraud. It is good in theory with a horrible history of practical application.
A BM, for the last 10years has operated a business with employees -- from his apartment Employees spend more time in the build than some owners, come and go as they please, are not bonded and there are no back-ground checks.
Other people now want to open businesses in the building. Some are client-based businesses. (we are a CoOp)
He says the law is on his side, that he is permitted to run a business with one/two employees. We say that the House Rules -- rule, and he has to close his busines. We are concerned that if he does not close his business, others will have to be approved. Does anyone have any info or can you direct us to a site for information...Thanks....
Boards could save money and energy by switching out all regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. See EFI.org for a good deal on packages of bulbs.
Also, consider changing your outdoor lighting. All night lighting at any outdoor location that is not the primary doorway can be changed to motion sensor activated lighting. Also consider using a shielded light fixture for better visibility and energy conservation. When the light source is visible, glare is produced.
Is there any law/code that states one has to have shades/curtains etc, when one is intimate. We have a nightly show and it is not the sight we want to see from out terrace.I have mentioned it to the super across the street but he informs me his coop/board know about this but do not care as the individul is very wealthy and powerful.
I bought a co - op about 14 months ago. I just got an assement for this year. I have to pay double the maintence for this month. The problem is no one I speak to has to pay this but me. They all received a shareholder abatement for this year. The co - op board held their abatement instead of charging them for this assesment. The property manager says its my responsibility to file for the abatement. I spoke to people who claim to have never filed for this abatement. They received it anyway. Is there anywhere I could look to see who is responsible for filing for the NYC Shareholder abatement?????
for the last 15 years, since the coop converted, out sponsor has not actually voted in the annual election. rather, he has excercised his right to "e;ect " one person (per the by laws>). suddently, in the last year ther eis a controversial (but fgood) new candidate for hte baord and they (board) is trying to ge thte sponsor to elect himself AND vote his shares for all other cadidadates (in an effort to keep out the new person) - anyone? it seems as if a predcedent has been set.
When our board votes on an issue, we report the decision as a collective one, and in the minutes we record "the board voted for, or against, X".
However, some board members want individual votes on a topic to be recorded. For example "Jim Smith voted for, Jane Doe voted against" etc.
How do other boards handle this issue
During the really bad storm a month ago a leak permeated the roof and water leaked into the 1st floor unit causing the ceiling to collect water, forming a sagging crease in the down out of the ceiling. It looks like a big wrinkle. Upper floor apts were unaffected. The co-op had the roof leak repaired, who is responsible for fixing the sagging seam in the shareholder's unit, sanding, taping, painting etc? Thanks.
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