Our no-dog condo was compelled by law to accept a new unit owner with a dog, because she claims it is a 'certified service animal'. She is hard of hearing (not totally deaf) and supposedly the dog assists her in certain daily activities. The dog does wear a little "Service Animal" vest when it's outside the unit. I was told that, supposedly, a service dog to the deaf alerts its owner by pawing him/her when there are phones ringing or doorbells.....but not by barking, because what good would that do if she was deaf, right? WRONG. The dog barks incessantly at every little sound. Every opening and closing of the elevator, every footstep outside her door, every jingling of someone's keys. It also rushes people in the hallways, barking on top of its lungs. It is a tiny thing, so no one is frightened of it, just annoyed. (If it were a Rottweiler with that personality I'm sure it would have been put down already.) My question is this: due to the anti-discrim laws on the books preventing us from not accepting a "service animal", we are held hostage by this woman with her poorly trained, uncontrolled mutt. What part does she have to hold up in this bargain? Does anyone know if the service animal OWNER is compelled to train their animal properly, or make sure it does not affect the quality of life of all its neighbors? All of the seeing eye dogs I've ever known never make a peep. This thing barks non-stop, and I'm wondering if it was ever trained at all...our board is starting to think we've been 'had'....any thoughts would be much appreciated.
We have one dog left from before our "no dogs" policy. It's 14 and urinates or leaks dark fluid all over the bldg. The super cleans up puddles but he's PT and when he's not here they soak into rugs or stay on floors for hours. Our lobby video isn't sharp enough to see the dog wet. Last week, we had elevator work and everyone had to use the stairs. A big puddle was found and luckily no one slipped on it and fell down the stairs. Someone could have been badly hurt.
We have no fine for things like this since we have no other dogs. We can't prove it's the dog but it has to be and it's happening almost every day. We asked the owner to put a cover on the dog when he goes in or out of the bldg or get something from a vet but he refuses and totally ignores us. The poor dog is old with problems and the owner says he's keeping the dog "to the end" no matter what.
Many residents are complaining about the wet spots and the odor especially in the elevator. What can we do?
If anonymous posts are subject to deletion (your words). How come on the subject of " who can attend attend the annual shareholders meeting" Anon replys to Anon. Now I am not complaining but as an avid viewer of your page/web site it is almost impossible to offer advise as with all the anons I am not sure if anon is one person or a second. Many others that have had the same issue. Follow me?
Fat Nickie (only one of me)
From my understanding, NYC is cracking down on the use of razor wire/barbed wire around sidewalk sheds surrounding residential buildings. For those coops who are doing facade work, has your coop found a satisfactory substitute to help ease the security fears of shareholder/tenants on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Thank you for your assistance.
We need our roof repaired in our indoor parking gargage that might take two weeks or more to repair. No cars will be able to park in the garage during this time (18 Spaces at $95). What is the normal practice, do not charge parking for this length of time, charge half or charge?
A new board just gained control of our co-op and have inherited quite a number of issues that have gone unresolved for a number of years. This is the main reason we were elected.
Each time we investigate an issue we uncover more work to be done and another challenge.
We replaced our super and our management company, and while they are getting up to speed, how should we determine which issues must be tackled first.
There are so many issues that, at times, it is overwhelming.
Any advice is helpful here.
In the average coop, If a person holds a signed proxy from s shareholder and that person happens to be a rent-controlled tenant in the same building - can they attend the annual shareholder meeting?
Can this person - or any person who comes to the meeting with a signed proxy (subtenent, etc) , ask questions at the meeting?
For the unitiated shareholder, what should I be looking for within the Financials recently received by my coop to determine its financial health?
Are there certain things I must become aware of if I want to be an enlightened shareholder...and possibly serve on the board in the future.
Many of my neighbors have no clue either.
Have you heard any discussion in your co-op about Councilman Monserrate's bill to require co-ops to provide, in writing, "each and all" reasons for turning down applicants? Did you know that it allows a denied applicant's real estate agent to file suit (in addition to the applicant/s)? I am curious what you and your colleagues and neighbors think about the bill.
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