My coop board decided, on their own, to change both the pet rules and the sublet rules. The owners were never given the chance to vote. When I approached the building management company about this, she stated that 'if everyone voted on everything we wouldn't get anywhere'. Now, this is not a matter of whether to put a plant in the common areas. Both changes affect owners financially. Meanwhile, my building only has 30 units. It's not that difficult to vote.
I closed on this apartment 6 months before the changes, and I bought this unit in this building, because of the pet/sublet rules. Now, they are changed.
Do I have anything to stand on? Where can I find NYC law to research on this?
Hello, a shareholder is wanting to put skylights in their top floor unit where one does not exist. They have it in their architecture plans that were submitted to the board. I'm worried about not having anything in writing that states the expectations for who maintains these skylights or how to deal with the skylights in the event the coop wants to utilize the roof for another purpose, such as a roof deck or solar. Does anyone here have experience with a situation such as this? Many thanks in advance.> Join the conversation Comments (1)
Thoughts on the pros and cons of a chiller vs heat pump system.> Join the conversation
How many water shutdowns to a fully occupied building or development with primarily seniors is to many before reaching out to the DOB , DOH, or HPD , ?
The cooperators at Gouverneur Gardens , lower Eastside gone with no water to 782 apartments from 8am to after 11pm yesterday ,Thursday , 8/18/22.
The Property Manager was off site using " Building Link " to communicate to shareholders that many don't even use. . The Board was unavailable to anyone too.
The development is going through a capital project that's grossly mismanaged at every level.
Buildings , cleaned once a week, pest control inadequate , duct tapes , flyers , all over the walls, and contractors using both of our elevators . Your thoughts>>>
More needs to happen to regulate the storage of e- bikes and scooters . The Board at Gouverneur Gardens at the Lower East Side is a sleep on this issue . Your Thoughts
My co-op has radiators that do not have heat controls.
The heat can only be turned on or off by the maintenance staff. We were told we can either have it on or off. There is no middle.
The heat is unbearable in the winter so many shareholders have the heat turned off and have opted to use electric heaters, which I think presents a dangerous situation.
we have been told to leave the windows opened or the air conditioning on rather then have them shut the heat because they will not come back and forth to turn everyone's heat on and off, which I understand but their solution to the heat situation is unhealthy. Any suggestions on how we, the shareholders, can remedy the situation will be greatly appreciated.
Would like to hear anyone’s thoughts on the below:
- is it appropriate for a Super to hire a relative to be a porter so then a direct report?
- is it appropriate that a Super buys a unit even though the co-op pays for his unit? So either he flips the purchased unit or has a relative live in it? So then becomes an employee besides a shareholder.
- is it appropriate that a managing agent purchases a unit in a co-op and then flips it?
In the case of our 12-building co-op, the Cozy covers have now been installed in at least 80% of the units. Thus the Co-op has met the standard of the law and need not worry about being out of compliance. Despite that, as shareholders we agree that the board has the right to require Cozies to be installed in remaining units, if it so chooses. However, this would means requiring some shareholders to demolish thousands of dollars of custom woodwork and other installed renovations — shelves, cabinets, etc, and in one case, a wall. The board is saying that individual shareholders must bear the cost of demolition and replacement alone, and to accept the corresponding reduction in value of their units and the loss of habitability and enjoyment during this work. It is saying that individuals must find and contract for these changes and complete them by Jan 2023. Moreover, it has established a near deadline (July 1) for committing, beyond which shareholders will be fined. It threatens legal action against shareholders who do not meet these deadlines, and has refused thus far requests for a meeting with those affected. We regard this policy as a wildly inequitable special assessment on a minority of shareholders, requiring them to pay far more than their proportionate shares for a co-op–wide project. We hope that the board will reconsider granting exemptions to shareholders who can document their built-in renovations, saving the co-op as well the unnecessary expense.> Join the conversation
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