I'm a member of a co-op board in a 1960s building.
We have a resident (A) who is complaining about cooking smells and construction smells coming from a neighboring apartment (Z). The apartments share a wall that should be solid -- there are no vents between these two apartments.
The problem was brought to our attention almost a year ago when Apt A complained about strong cooking smells, but apt Z was about to do a renovation, and we thought that would address it. Instead, the smells have been ongoing and Apt A can smell the pipe soldering, plastering and painting and has photos showing plaster dust from the renovation piling up on her floor and on the plugs of lamps and appliances plugged into their party wall. There is a definite breeze coming through the baseboards/electrical outlets -- it's enough to blow a smoke test around.
Apt A says this is a violation of the warranty of habitability and the proprietary lease. Is the co-op responsible to address this, and if so, how do we fix it? The wall seems solid, except for the breeze/dust/smells, and Apt A even has a second layer of sheetrock on their side due to an earlier renovation.
How can you run a cooperative if you are not privy to: contracts of vendors, parking lists, age and condition of roofs,elevators, plumbing, and electrical systems? How many sublets in house and when to stop to prevent too many? Employees live and own apartments on site but won't start working until 8:00 AM; because they're union. The siper and asst. super rent out apts they own to live rent free. Our attorney has not directed board members on proper orientation of does and don't to be effective. So who is getting the better deal?> Join the conversation Comments (1)
Perhaps it's a coincidence but Spectrum has just offered our co-op a bulk rate just has Verizon has notified our building that it's (finally) willing to install Fios. Currently, a majority of residents use Spectrum (internet and TV) and pay $100-$200+ per month. The bulk rate would be $50/month (for a service as good or better than what most people have now) that's even factoring covering the few people who don't use Spectrum.
The catch? Spectrum is requiring a 5 year contract to get the bulk rate.
Just wondering if we sign a long term deal with Spectrum, could Verizon find out and cancel Fios installation plans?
Does anyone have a rough idea how long it takes from the time a building gives Verizon the OK to install fiber to the time Fios service is actually working? If it's 1/2 a year or more, it might be more justifiable to sign with Spectrum now for the time being - who knows, maybe there will be a problem or delays with Fios installation.
Does Verizon ever offer a bulk rate as well and/or buy out a contract with a competing provider?
Plumbers and contractors have been working in every Unit making repairs and updating system. Shareholders have been notified when workers need entry into apartments and if residents cannot be present during work the
Super has entered with permission using management keys. The Super and managing agent have been present when workers are in the apartments.
Board was recently told an expensive heirloom is missing. Board instructed shareholder to make a police report, call their home owners insurance and submit in writing to management details of incident.
Can anyone tell me what the standard protocol is and who would be liable?
My 8 unit HDFC just got a quote for 11k to install a comelit video intercom w/ smartphone integration.
I am confident in my ability to install an off brand video intercom system for under 2k. However future hardware and software support is not as certain with an established (& expensive) brand.
Our maintenance is very low (40 cents a sqft) & that 9k can be put to much better use. However 2 of 8 shareholders are not team players & will absolutely make my life miserable any time in the next 20 years when there is a problem, and likely a few times when there isn't a problem.
I believe it's the right thing to do for the building, however my 2 terrible neighbors make me confident it would be bad for me personally. Please convince me not to spend the time & invite the trouble.
I own a co-op unit in a 1960s building. During a recent renovation my neighbor upstairs removed the kitchen in his unit which is above me ( he combined two apartments) and now my kitchen vent duct opens directly into his living room. After the renovation, I now hear everything he says as clearly as if he was standing in my apartment. The super has looked at the vent shaft with a flashlight, and says the vent shaft is "completely open" and straight." There are no turns to in it. He says there's a turn in the kitchen shaft of his own unit in the building. So it appears that my unit is directly linked to the above unit via the shaft.
Is this legal? Is this a code violation in New York City?
We are a small co-op and I am the President of the Board. Two years ago a shareholder ("Richard") moved in and since then he has let his water overflow eight times into the apartment below him (owned by "Tom"). Each time the water cascades down the walls of Tom's apartment and at times enters the light fixtures. Tom was very patient particularly because he liked Richard and they became friends. After about the 5th flooding, Tom asked that the matter be brought up at a Board meeting. He specifically said he didn't want anything done but wanted it on the record, which is what happened. Now Tom is furious after this latest episode and has asked the Board to advise him on what steps he needs to take to get his apartment tested for mold. What is the Board's responsibility here? Do we leave it for them to work out?> Join the conversation Comments (1)
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