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Recent news affecting co-op / condo buyers, sellers, boards and residents. This week, police name an accomplice in the Penn South co-op embezzlement, and one Financial District condo board gets sued over cell-phone antennas while another hopes Denny's won't grand-slam into their luxury building. In other lawsuit news, a Murray Hill co-op board misses a deadline in a discrimination lawsuit. Note to self: Don't hire that lawyer. Plus, see how all the changes in the co-op / condo tax abatement play out with LLCs and trusts — trust us, you want to know. And Bruce Willis buys hard on the Upper West Side.

In February 2011, the Carlton Regency, a 210-unit co-op in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, signed a fixed-rate, one-year contract with Hess Corporation for electricity. It didn't have to negotiate with Hess, nor did it have to shop the market to get this rate. What it did have to do, however, is join a bulk-buying group and pay $.002 per kilowatt hour for the privilege.

On March 19, 2007, Bianca Razzano had an admissions interview with April Anderson, co-president of the co-op board of Woodstock Tower at 320 East 42nd Street in Manhattan's Murray Hill neighborhood. The prospective buyer of one-bedroom apartment #2009 in the 459-unit, 32-story building said on e they discussed was the no-sublet policy. Razzano said she explained there was a possibility she might need to sublet her apartment due to temporary relocation for work, and Anderson, she claims, told her the policy was flexible if someone had a financial hardship due to unemployment, ill health or a work need outside New York City.

Recent news affecting co-op / condo buyers, sellers, boards and residents. This week, even paying all-cash and additionally transferring a year's maintenance and $30,000 extra into an escrow wasn't enough for a Murray Hill co-op board being sued after allegedly leading a buyer on. Oh, and they also wanted his British documents translated to, um, English. And you wonder why a new sitcom makes fun of co-op boards. Plus, The Sheffield gets a work by renowned sculptor David Hostetler, and OSHA cites poor construction in a Brighton Beach condo collapse.

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