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March 20, 2020 Renovations During the Corona Crisis

Q. Our building currently has a couple of improvement projects underway - so do some of our residents. Should we immediately stop all such work because of the corona pandemic? A. According to Andrew Brucker, a partner with Manhattan-based …

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March 20, 2020 COVID-19 vs. Building & Unit Access

Q. As the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic spreads, we're trying to keep our building and residents as safe as possible as we practice social distancing and self-quarantine as necessary. To that end, can we ban all non-residents from the build…

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March 26, 2020 Disease & Disclosure

Q. If a resident in our building tests positive for COVID-19, or is self-quarantined, should we tell the other residents and staff? A. According to Peter Massa, an attorney with Manhattan-based law firm Armstrong Teasdale, "Residents shoul…

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2019 Winter Q&A: Can Playing Be Against the Rules?

Q. Our building is discriminating against children. The board has just purchased very expensive lobby furniture ($6,000 per chair) with a white rug. It has now passed a rule that children must not play in the lobby. If they are “caught” p…

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2019 Winter Q&A: The Legality of Surveillance

Q. I’d like to get the opinions of legal experts regarding boards that use the surveillance system to spy on residents they dislike, attempting to “catch” them at some behavior which may be against the building rules. So is it legal to sp…

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2019 Winter Q&A: Voting Out Loud

Q. Our association stated that in compliance with the Radburn Bill, all votes must be read aloud giving the unit number and the vote. Is this mandatory now?                            —Wishing to Remain Silent A. “The Radburn Bill doe…

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2019 Fall Q&A: Neighbor's Kid Is Driving Me Crazy

Q. My upstairs neighbor has a one-year-old toddler who's constantly running at all hours. In fact, he's running around right now and it’s not even 9:00 a.m. on a Sunday. When I come home on weeknights -- whether it's 7:30, 8:30 or 9:30 --…

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2019 Fall Q&A: Living Next to a Hoarder

Q. I live in a condo and my next door neighbor is a hoarder. She constantly leaves the front door open. I complained to the buildings department many times. The smell is awful; she has mice, roaches, and water bugs. What can I do?       …

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2019 July Q&A: Flip-Flopping Board Member

Q. I am a director on the board of our condo association. We had a budget meeting last night, and the new budget with increased monthly dues was passed by 4 ‘yes’ votes and 3 ‘no’ votes. The meeting was adjourned and meeting minutes were …

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