A group of candidates running for board brought a lawyer to the annual meeting to contest the right of the Sponsor to vote for board seats as he has done since conversion. These candidates with the help of sitting board members blocked the co-op's attorney from attending the meeting. The result was chaos and the meeting was postponed. The candidates with their own lawyer publicly claimed the co-op's attorney served the interest of the Sponsor though no evidence was presented to support this. In the chaotic, unprofessional, ego-driven world that is often NYC co-ops, anyone have experience in this kind of situation and advice on how to stop the warring factions?
What are the requirements to terminate a shareholders lease for what amounts to be safety and secutiy issues as well as objectionable conduct.
Our coop has a shareholder who is a safety risk to herself and others living in the building.
This shareholder does not appear to be gainfully employed but her parents pay the maintenance.
She brings in drug dealers and various friends to the building that have created a number of incidents, many of which required police department involvement.
Our board is concerned and needs to do something.
The penthouse shareholders want the Coop to abate part of their maintenance because their terraces are being used as a staging area for the Local Law 11 repairs. Our Coop's lawyer says that our Proprietary Lease and case law does not obligate the Coop to refund part of their maintenance. Do you think it would be the nice thing to do?
I am looking into this rebate from the state for using bio-fuel in a large building. anyone have any tips or contcts? thanks
I saw it inthe Super intendent's Club Newsletter - about using a 20/80 biofuel mix with no. 2 or no. 6 oil . It is supposed to be alot cleaner plus the state pays you a bit back per gallon.
I am a member of a newly elected coop board. Our previous board had no established policy on sublets. I have been tasked with finding out what a sensible policy on sublets is. We have several shareholders who have been subletting their apartments for years and resident shareholders are now complaining to have this changed. Any advice?
Is it normal to be able to smell paint and other chemicals through the party walls between two buildings? Last January, the brownstone to our east had a sewer line pipe break in the basement and it flooded their basement and first floor. The smell was terrible and migrated into the halls of our building and into some of our shareholder's apts all the way up to the sixth floor. For the past six months we have endured a barrage of smells from mold killing chemicals are worried about the fact that this is even happening. How can we ensure no damage has been done to our wall in the course of their repairing their problem and what course of action should we take? We can't even find the address of the owner listed on the NYC DOB site. Thanks.
1) make sure to have your water bill carefully checked! We just got back, yes, $25,000. (the guy hired to review the bills got to keep 10% as payment)
2) also we had a plumber fix every single leak inthe building and review all plumbing in each apt and our bill went down dramatically!
3) if you have a commercial tenant, they should pay their own water bill. OUrs was using our water and we worked out a payment deal for past costs when we found out.
Any ideas on how to address a chronic objectionable behavior issue with someone who got himself elected to the new Board due to the large amount of shares assigned to his unit? The outgoing Board was ready to send an attoney's letter to the person about smoke and noise coming from his apt and decided to wait until the new elections. Now we have the problem shareholder on the Board. We have a majority within the Board who want to resolve this problem, however. The Shareholder has refused for years, to take adequate measures to soundproof and stop migrating smoke which fills the lobby and penetrates other apts. We have never tried legal avenues before. Should we speak to the Board member first or send a letter? Can he even be on the Board if he is in violation of the house rules? Help! Thanks, BT
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