I'm wondering if anyone out there can help me out: I'm a board member of a small 24 unit co op with no laundry facility of any kind and, after much review of the common areas, no hope for communal laundry facilities because of logistal brick walls (no pun intended).
Shareholders are lobbying to have washer/dryers in their apartments, which we quite support, but the building is quite old and we're concerned about structural/pipe issues. Has anyone run into this?? An article in Habitat mentions a "plumbing consultant" but there is no sign on one anywhere on the site- can anyone recommend or suggest such an animal?
Thanks VERY much
Hello, I am President of a co-op on LI and I am looking for some help. We have a strict no dog policy. We are currently in litigation to remove a dog that is a major nuisance, however there are more dogs on the property.
We have asked our shareholders to help us by identifying anyone who is harboring a dog. The problem with this is that many are reluctant to "snitch" on their neighbors.
Does anyone have a method for locating apartments that are harboring dogs without relying entirely on shareholders or the maintenance staff? I bought a dog whistle the other day, but they need to be tuned to the dog and they don't always result in a bark. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
get a tax credit? AFAIK the only aluminum windows that qualify for Energy Star do not open and are meant for large commercial buildings
If people use window air conditioners look at getting 1 window in each room that has a solid bottom to permanently mount the AC unit. Leaving them in during winter can be a big source of heat loss
Can anyone who knows alot about the flip tax please help me??
My grandmother passed away in October of 2006. She set up a trust for my mother to recieve the co-op when she passed away. After her death it was told to us by the co-op that all of the assests of my grandmother were placed in the trust but the co-op could not be passed on to my mother without a flip tax being imposed. The managing agent said the co-op had to be treated as a sale to be passed over to my mother from the estate of my grandmother over to my mother. This required my mother to pay a large sum(flip tax) with the sale of this apartment. Was this just???
My mother and I became owners of the apartment in January of 2007 and now are recieving word from the board that the flip tax is being waived as of March for those residents who set up a trust. I think this is totally unfair and would greatly appreciate it if anyone can email me with any pertinent informantion as to whether I can obtain any of my flip tax, legal fees or any monies back. I feel I was taken advantage of greatly? Would anyone advise me to hire a lawyer and if so can anyone recommend one in the NYC area?
PLease help me I am very desperate....
Ok - financial question:
If a coop has a huge capital project, say a roff replacement for 1.5 million, isn't in the best interest fo the cooperative to pay for this via the form of an assessment (with a monthly seperate line item) so that indivudual shareholders can take a tax sale basis benefit when they sell their apartments?
in a building that refinances the mortgate to raise money for such a project, doenst it also make sense to present the above method of payment?
is it tru that if you do not have an assessment and do not list the costs as a seperate line item on mantainence bills, that a shareholder may not take a basis benefit if they have profint on their apartment?
our accountant is on vacation and we need comments soon. thanks
A board member has publicly accused our managing agent of wrongdoing and the MA has responded to the charge and accused the board member of libel for which there was no response. Could the coop be liable in a lawsuit, particularly if no action is taken by the coop to make a distinction between personal remarks and coop statements?
in our prop lease (coop) it states, "as long as the sponsor owns any shares, the apt corp. may not impose on shareholders any assessment whatsoever except by vote of 100% of issued shares unless the reserve fund is under $15k or irrevocably committed to other improvements."
1) OK so does this mean that assessments to "meet operational expenses" that are imposed without such a vote of shareholders are illegal? our board has been imposing assessments for years for various purposes - without such a vote.
2) we have always had about 250k inthe reserve fund.
I have been told that every time there is a mntnc increase in a coop, your property value goes down slightly ( because your appeal to potential buyers decreases). A friend in a similar coop stated that , when they have (for example) an operational budget shortage for a given year, they do a temporary assessment to fill the gap instead of imposing a permanent mntnce increase. This seems like a very good strategy. comments?
Our building had a hardwired system installed, then we switched over to a wireless system only to uncover a huge number of technical difficulties (configuration/administration) and requirements (dedicated electrical, authentication, etc.). We called in a smart home company to assist us with the final tweaking but it costs us more than we anticipated. Are you storing to a computer hard disk? Are you accessing via the web or an internal network? Do you have a dedicated mechanical room or closet to securely store the equipment? If possible you should use IP style cameras, not wireless cameras.
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