We have a 7-yr contract with NYC's largest laundry company. We don't like being locked into them, altho people say they can give us more than a small company could. But service is poor and we never get straight answers on anything. Also, they collect money from machines every month. They say they can't count it on site. We have to take their word on how much they collect and it's always in their favor. We always wind up owing them money.
Our contract expires in December. With a new contract we get new machines and the usual perks (painting, new sink, etc.) We want to explore alternatives. Any recommendations for other companies? Thanks.
Some chemical substances are being sprayed in to two apartments by the tenant who lives in between them. There were numerous calls to the Police Precinct, NYC Health Hazard Department, and so on.
All the wholes were sealed with glue and caulking, but it saturates through the hollow walls behind the closet door frames, floor crease, even though it is sealed!
It is just unbearable to be in the apartment – the smell lingers in the apartment, causing coughing, choking, burning eyes, disorientation and headache; even if the odor has gone, the cause is still there for hours.
The violator of the House Rules and Regulations has been warned that her lease will not be renewed if she continues doing it – nothing seems can stop her.
How do we protect ourselves from a hooligan like this?
I believe the article will run in the April issue of Habitat.
If done correctly - ie simply to recoup the total of the abatement amount itself, then non sponsor shareholders experience a windfall. The sponsor's being assesses subsidizes the amount.
some buildings make the mistake of assessing for the total amount of the abatement that appreas on the non-sponsor maintainence bills and forget to do this math.
I have to agree with Mike McGowen, you should not bad mouth a company/vendow without backing up the facts. Can we also not all be anonymous when we post articles.
If your co-op's central heating is very uneven, I'd look into that more closely. If some units roast while others are cold, maybe the fault is with how heat is distributed through the system. If so, that can be a problem no matter what new windows you install. A good engineer can make recommendations, including possibly installing individual heat level adjusters in each unit.
I agree that Pella windows are expensive. They seem to be "hot" right now, but if your co-op can't afford them, it would be financially imprudent to get them, and the extra cost can be better spent on something else. We have thermal barrier, aluminum windows with 7/8" insulated glass. They look nice, work well, reduce noise, and run $350-$400 per window. I believe you can get the baked enamel finish in white, black or copper color. We have the standard white.
If your co-op's 12 units all have the same old windows, you should replace them all. You can schedule the coldest units first, but it takes only a few days per unit. You can do them all fairly quickly if you plan ahead with the window vendor and shareholders. Budget for ALL the work. You can't do 4 units now and hope to do the rest later. What if you don't have money for the rest later? The project will drag out, shareholders will complain, and the building won't look very nice. Also, Business Corp Law requires that you treat all shareholders fairly and equally. You can't do something for some of them that you don't extend to all of them in a timely and equitable manner.
Just my two cents.
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