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Eviction notice/letter Jul 13, 2021

I wanted to ask your thoughts on this…
A few years ago our co-op attorney sent a letter basically an eviction notice to one of our tenants. The co-op owned a few apartments. The letter was not signed by the attorney and instead he listed himself as DIrector of the co-op. The tenants showed it to other residents/shareholders and we were upset and embarrassed. The couple was expecting a baby -7 months pregnant. Also they were the grandchild of one of our board of directors. He was on the board for quite awhile. He was so upset. It didn’t work of course but the it was mean and not necessary. It was done behind the board member’s back. All they had to do was ask him to sign the lease or ask the board member if his grandson was renewing the lease. The management company was shocked when they found out it was his grandson. The young couple forgot to sign the lease. I also thought it was so inappropriate and unethical the way the attorney basically went around it. It was a white piece of paper and not his law firm affiliated to it to really make it official. I think it was a scare tactic and totally unnecessary.

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I'm not getting a question in here - Grant Jul 13, 2021

You need to more carefully define what is going on, and what you want from us?
What do you mean by a tenant? Does the Coop own apartments that are rented out? Sounds like the attorney acted out of turn. Nothing like this should be done without the board pres and the rest of the board controlling what is happening.

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Eviction notice/letter - Steven424 Jul 14, 2021

I completely agree with Grant. This requires a huge dose of specificity and clarity.

If this happened "a few years ago", why are you bringing it up now?

Were the young couple shareholders or renters? I'm assuming they were renters if they had to renew their lease. Who owns the apartment they occupy?

One last question. If this happened a few years ago and the young couple's board-member grandfather was shocked, the managing agent was shocked, and the other shareholders were shocked, why is the director/attorney still on the board?

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Eviction - Pooh Jul 14, 2021

Guys
I just wanted your opinion on this situation — meaning the way the attorney acted.

He’s still our attorney and I don’t like the way he operates. The President of the board and other board members knew at the time but to me it was wrong and mean and if the tenant who was pregnant would of been stressed out and something would of happened to her that would of been a big problem for us. All they needed to do was ask the tenants and/or grandfather on the board if they were going to renew.

I feel a lot of times co-op boards and attorneys don’t think things thru and act on emotion. They should be problem solvers and not always looking to get someone.

It’s interesting when someone wants to run for the board they’re all nice and then when they’re on then it’s a power kick!!!

At my particular co—op it’s more who doesn’t like who which is not how to run a business.

Yes the co-op owned a few apartments that we rented out.

This is the same attorney who told me that if I didn’t sign the code of conduct then I couldn’t be on the board and it was the night I got in. I should of also reviewed the document and given my feedback and also considering the President of the board already reported someone to the attorney.

My job doesn’t act like this!


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