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Upkeep of Super's Apartment?Jun 06, 2007


Who is responsible for the basic upkeep of the super's apartment? Does the super normally make his own repairs (caulking shower area, plastering wall cracks, replacing broken window panes, etc.) as long as the corporation purchases any materials he may need?

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Upkeep of supers apt (to Miss voo doo) - Fat Nickie Jun 06, 2007


While there are no hard and fast rules on this one, I believe the superintendent wound perform some of the basic repairs in his/her apartment. Obviously there are situations where outside professional help may be required (plumbing back to the riser, electrical problems). In addition a lot depends on your relationship with the superintendent. If you have a very good super you may be willing to go the extra mile to help out. If not well.....

Finally, when the apartment becomes vacant for whatever reason (super moves on etc), it is probably best to go in and view the apartment to see what maintenance needs to be done as part of the upkeep (painting, sanding of floors etc)

Hope this helps

FN

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Re: Upkeep of supers apt (to Miss voo doo) - Ms VooDoo Jun 07, 2007


Thanks, FN. The super's apartment was repaired and renovated 6 years ago at a cost of $13K, before we hired our current super. He hasn't taken very good care of it and now wants us to hire an outside contractor to make repairs that were caused by his own negligence. For example, if he had addressed minor things at the outset, like using caulk in the tub surround, there would not be water damage on his living room wall.

I guess my question is, how much responsibility (monetarily and otherwise) does the super bear? We are not too keen on spending a lot of money (again) to fix his place up if he is not going to maintain it.

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get a new super - not a good sign - sally Jun 07, 2007


this is the sign of a bad super. not worth keeping. start getting him out. serisously.

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Supers apt (to miss voo doo) - FN Jun 07, 2007


While I agree with Sally (a little)I am of the opinion that you should first talk to your superintendent if you haven't already. Explain that he/she is responsible for the basic upkeep and if there is an issue that needs to be addessed regarding the apartmentyou are available. Start a dialogue and log/keep a record of when you had conversations. The rule of thumb which is very basic is, if there is a problem regarding the apartment it should be addressed straight away rather than later. A caulking job today that costs $20 (caulk etc) could end up a year from now as $500. (shareholder below has water marks on the ceiling and walls etc).

Hope this helped,

FN

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