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Raw sewage leak in unitJun 15, 2021

I am a shareholder for a 1 bedroom Coop, The building is a pre war building, the unit was unoccupied, The managing Agent sent me pictures of the Ceiling, Walls and the entire kitchen demolished, along with leaks in the closet bedroom and bathroom. She claims that the sewage Pipes from the basement exploded because of Age and lack of use. She recommended contractors that they have used in the building, and that based on the circumstance I could go ahead with repairs to make it habitable. A contractor was currently working on another unit and agreed to start the repairs, I contacted the Agent 1 month ahead of the start date, and left several messages which she never responded to. I also notified the superintendent who claimed he was on Vacation for 3 weeks. One week into the repair the contractor was removed from the building. I contacted the Agent, screaming and very hostile, that I need to file an application to the Board for consideration to repair. Along with A $600 application fee. I requested the details of the Directors of the Board, and was given Names and address only. The renovations will cost $ 19,000 out of pocket so I took a loan. should I be reimbursed by the Coop. The power has to be turned by con Edison, but the Agent refused entry. The Agent claims we cannot enter until the work is approved. Do I have any recourse ?

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Raw sewage leak in unit - peoples choice #1 Jun 16, 2021

This is so wrong on many levels. Raw sewage leak is the responsibility of the building. This sounds like your apt. is contaminated.
Did you contact your insurance company and explain exactly what happened? They will help with giving you answers and also depending on your insurance carrier they will pay for a hotel while work is being done by the Co op. The cost of repairs and making your apt. livable is the Co ops responsibility.
Just keep in mind your insurance company will re coop all cost from your Co op. Paying $600 to get answers is crazy, it's cheaper to call your lawyer or 311.
Best of luck

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Put it in writing! - Grant Jul 16, 2021

you've made so many wrong moves before contacting us here! The facts are as close to your prop lease in terms of who is responsible, etc.
You should have documented every communication you had with management.

Read your prop lease or consult a lawyer and then return here if you need anything clarified.
Oh, and never yell at people when arguing. Never won a debate that way.

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