2014 November
Focus on... Building Maintenance

Maintenance
2014 November Your Building's Anatomy

From the outside, the structure of a condo or co-op building may appear to be monolithic; just one big piece of brick and steel, punctuated with some glass here and there. That's an oversimplification, however. A multifamily building is pe…

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Maintenance
2014 November Boiler Maintenance Basics

The rarely stated—but all too well understood—Murphy’s Law for Boilers—asserts that if your boiler quits working, it will do so on Christmas or New Year’s Eve, or at 4:45 p.m. on the coldest day of the year. With some planning, though, tha…

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Maintenance
2014 November Plumbing the Depths

Few things illustrate the fragility of modern civilization more clearly than plumbing problems. A broken pipe, a backed-up toilet, a flooded bathroom—any one of these can quickly go from annoyance to emergency, and the longer a plumbing pr…

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Management
2014 November Staff Management

Property managers know that whether they're running a small, contained walk-up building, a multi-unit high rise, or a sprawling condo development in the suburbs, materials, capital and personnel all fall under their administrative jurisdic…

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Real Estate Trends
2014 November Holiday Tipping Etiquette

As the holiday season approaches in the Big Apple, many New Yorkers may be preoccupied with choosing gifts for picky family members, finding a parking spot downtown, or snagging that coveted new smartphone. Those who live in multifamily bu…

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Maintenance
2014 November Disaster Recovery

Big or small, disasters often strike out of the blue. They catch us unaware, flatfooted and feeling helpless at their impact. This is especially true when these events hit us at home or within our shared communities. When fire, flood, hurr…

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Q&A
2014 November Q&A: A Roof Assessment

Q “In 2008, the board of my building took out a loan to fix the roof after a hurricane. It is my understanding that it was a five-year loan with a balloon, that they had to refinance it in 2013, and that the loan is now extended until 201…

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Q&A
2014 November Q&A: Rules for Renters

My condo board rarely enforces rules, especially in regard to specific unit owners. Some are now renting, and I would like my family to join their ranks. It is quite bizarre, because the board is ostensibly adamant against renting, yet they…

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