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Can I Leave My Co-op to My Heirs?

In most cases, a co-op board has enormous latitude to approve or deny the transfer of a unit’s shares and proprietary lease.Q: My spouse and I purchased a studio apartment in a New York City co-op for our adult son, who has special needs and is able to live independently with the support of an

By |2022-10-01T09:52:23-07:00October 1st, 2022|Industry News|

My Condo Has No Gas. Can I Get a Discount?

The law requires every building owner to provide residents with gas or electricity for cooking. Financial remedies are a more complicated matter.Q: I own an apartment in a large Midtown condo. Because of a gas leak, Con Edison shut off gas to the building, so residents can no longer use their gas ranges or gas

By |2022-09-24T09:53:17-07:00September 24th, 2022|Industry News|

What’s a Back Kitchen and Why Has It Gotten so Popular?

Clark Hodgin for The New York TimesParty guests enjoyed food and drinks in the main kitchen in the home of Michelle and Greg Barry in Rumson, N.J.Elliot Sanchez, a chef, prepared food in the Barrys’ second kitchen.Supported byContinue reading the main storyright at home‘A Kitchen for the Kitchen’The back kitchen, in essence a pantry on

By |2022-09-22T09:52:04-07:00September 20th, 2022|Industry News|

Can My Landlord Charge for Spare Keys?

It seems simple enough to hold spare keys for tenants at the front desk, but if one goes missing it can create security headaches.Q: I am a rent-stabilized tenant living in a Manhattan building with a mix of rent-stabilized and market-rate apartments. We have new management, which recently instituted a strange rule: Tenants will be

By |2022-09-17T09:51:07-07:00September 17th, 2022|Industry News|

How to Make a Landlord Improve Fire Safety

In a building evacuation, the stairs are a resident’s lifeline. New York is specific with its rules about their placement, dimensions and lighting.Q: I am concerned about evacuation safety in my 14-story Midtown rental building. The building has two passenger elevators and one service elevator. Recently, staff began locking the service elevator at night, leaving

By |2022-09-10T09:52:18-07:00September 10th, 2022|Industry News|

Why Is Scaffolding a New York Fixture?

Sidewalk sheds and scaffolding are ubiquitous fixtures in the New York City landscape, but they aren’t supposed to stay up forever.Q: My large, rent-stabilized building in New York City has been encased in scaffolding with a sidewalk shed for over four years. Many of the apartments have balconies or terraces, and there is a roof

By |2022-09-03T09:51:18-07:00September 3rd, 2022|Industry News|

How Soon Is Too Soon to Ask My Landlord About a Rent Increase?

Simply asking a landlord about how much the rent will go up shouldn’t change the landlord’s calculations — the decision has likely already been made.Q: For nine years, my husband and I have rented a market-rate apartment on the Upper West Side. The building recently changed ownership, and during the transition apartments were intentionally left

By |2022-07-30T09:51:43-07:00July 30th, 2022|Industry News|
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