Rifting off the string below...
What ever happened to last year's effort to get a coop/shareholder bill of rights? Any chance of reviving this effort?
What do people think is most crucial to include? I can think of:
--The right to privacy in one's home
--The right to review financial records of the corporation in which one owns shares
--The right to oust owners found guilty of malfeasance.
--Better laws needed
Do any of you have flood insurance for your buildings? And if so, could you recommend some insurers? We are right outside the flood zone, but were there to be a severe storm, with street sewers filling up, water would likely race into our basement and subbasement - where we have our storage areas. Even though we have a pump, if the electricity goes out all bets are off, and I am worried about our basic building equipment down below.
Our longtime board leadership has been involved in a litany of criminal & self-dealing behavior -- from failing to pay their maintenance and other fees, to rejiggering rules to their personal favor, to awarding themselves special benefits not available to other owners.
Yes, we did organize & oust them -- but after rapid turnover in the building, they're back. Many people, evidently fearing retaliation, refuse to run. (We're only about 100 units, so possiblities are limited)
To others who have dealt with crooked boards: what have you found most effective? D.A.? A.G.? CNYC? Private lawyer? Flee? Or...kick them out of the house/get them put in jail?
Am convinced that we need something like a "Shareholders' Bill of Rights," to make prosecution more feasible. Exisiting law is often just too expensive for individuals to pursue -- and coop lawyers are reluctant to get involved unless there's good $$$ in it for them.
What's our best hope here, from any of you who have dealt with such situations? Any pending legislation at the state/city level we could fight for for?
in a cop, the managing agent, at behest of the board pres, consults the coops attorneys on a matter relating to an employee . the matter was caused by an incident with a shareholder but it was not a direct incident in that the shareholder actually did nothingdirectly to incur the legal fees - the board/managing agent just needed some info. and advice . 7 months goes by and the board decides to put the legal fees on the shareholders bill (they were billed to the coop and paind many months ago -) with no notice - just, zingo, added onto a mntnce bill. seems illegal to me no? to say nothing of inappropriate. advice? r esponses?
Due to the heavy rains 2 weeks ago, a sewer line backed up into our basement and flooded it. The smell is pretty bad and we had our super do a clean up. But the carpet leading down to the terra cotta tile floor got soaked and we are debating what to do. Management suggested calling in a clean up/sanitzing service and replacing the bad carpet. The estimates are $1500-$3500--a huge amount for our small brownstone. Anyone have a protocol to suggest following up a flood like this? we want to take proper precautions to make sure contamination and mold are eradicated. Any referrals for cleaning services? Thanks all.
totally rusted up nipple pipe at bottom of old sink - this piece of pipe goes intot he wall. I assume it is therefore coop respon to x=fix and whatever is outside that is mine. right. again - the nipple is aobut 60 years old and the treads have rusted through and water is pouring out where the nipple meets the u-bend. thanks.
We have a renter in our condo building whose dogs are not house-trained. This regularly creates a problem of a horrible-smelling hallway for the neighbors, simply because of the unit's door being opened and letting the vapors into the hallway. The dogs do not go on the hallway rug-that is not the problem.
Meanwhile, the renters (trustafarians) couldn't care less. The owner is a foreigner, who is constantly travelling, doesn't really speak English, and virtually impossible to reach. The owner's contact person in NYC, also foreign, doesn't want to get involved- other than collecting the rent.
What, if anything, could be done to remedy this situation where the tenants and owner could care less?
We are a new bdlg (4 yrs old) and have shareholders who have requested the board make a decision re: Garbage grinders
we would like to know if your coop / condo allows such installation and what is your bldg experience (if you allows them).
Our managing agent has concerns about plumbing issues, and provided examples about coops in Qns where the bldg has to hire a plumber once a year to "clean" the pipes form the food residual that "sticks" to the pipes.
Thanks in advance for sharing your experience / opinion
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