Recently our coop had a gas leak that required the fire dept to air out the building for about 2 hrs. A shareholder was not home and somehow their stove dial was turned on. The porter smelled heavy gas and it was so much that it could have exploded if someone sparked electricity. Anyway, our coop has no emergency notification system in place. No tenants were notified and the only way to find out was to go outside and ask someone. A couple weeks ago, during the big snowstorm the building also lost heat/hot water and the elevator broke down at the same time. Again, no way for any tenants to know other than a paper notice posted on the elevator.
Is this normal? Aren't emergency notification systems pretty inexpensive and considered a must for liability for a coop these days? How do you get your board to address this issue? At the very least, the management could make a group text on their own from the super. Is that too much to ask?
I would appreciate getting recommendations for very low-cost management companies. I live in a building with very few units, and our inexpensive management company doesn't provide timely services. They also seem lacking in knowledge about minimal safety procedures (e.g., providing clear exit signs in case of fire). We have to nag and nag to get them to fulfill their responsibilities. Recommendations for management companies that provide minimal, but competent, service would be helpful. Thanks!> Join the conversation Comments (1)
Can anyone recommend a few good insurance companies for our coop? We are under 80 units in queens.
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We are a 100 unit garden apartment non union co op in Queens, N.Y.C. We presently have 1 live in super. The super is also a shareholder who has his maintenance, washer/dryer/ dishwasher, air conditioner, parking spot and garage fees paid for by the co op. We have been union free for about 4 years now. He knew we were a union free co op when He was hired. However, now he has said that he wants to join the union even though he knew we were a union free co op. What recourse does the co op have because we don't want a union super?
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If an electric outlet is defective in a condo apartment, whose responsibility is it to repair it--the apartment owner, or the condo association? The first indication of a problem was when I turned on a lamp that was plugged into this outlet, and the bulb blew - smoke arose from the bulb. Thinking that the problem might have been the lamp, I plugged in another lamp into that outlet. The lamp worked for only one day.
The electric outlet seemed to have affected the light bulb - when I tried out the bulb in other lamps, plugged into a different outlet, the bulb no longer worked. My question: If this is a systemic issue, is it the condo association's responsibility to pay for an electrician to 'fix' the outlet? Or, is it the individual apartment owner's responsibility?
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