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  • By: Stephen Lasser, Article
  • Published: January 15, 2017

More and more buildings are added to New York’s skyline each year.  Frequently, it is impossible for a new construction project or building-wide gut rehabilitation to be completed without the owner who is performing the construction entering upon an adjoining owner’s property.  New York has had a statute in effect since 1968, which addresses the situation where adjoining owners cannot…Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, Article
  • Published: December 20, 2016

Airbnb is a global technology company with huge revenues that facilitates apartment rentals by owners and tenants to third parties, often tourists, on a short-term basis.  Airbnb reached a settlement with New York State earlier this month, which dropped the lawsuit Airbnb brought challenging a new law that went into effect in October 2016, which would have levied fines from…Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, The New York Cooperator
  • Published: August 24, 2016

As more and more new condominium construction projects are built, completed and sold off (as well as cooperatives and homeowners associations, although less common) there has been a correspondingly large number of what have come to be known as construction defect cases making their way through the New York courts. A “construction defect” case is a lawsuit brought by a…Read More

  • By: The New York Times, Quoted "Stephen Lasser"
  • Published: April 9, 2016

Applying to live in a co-op is a daunting experience. You bare your financial soul, pay enormous fees and endure a prying interview. After you subject yourself to such scrutiny, a fickle board can reject you for no reason at all. But to charge a rejected applicant a move-in fee for a move that never transpired seems particularly cruel. The…Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, The New York Cooperator
  • Published: January 25, 2016

Condominium Common Charges - How Boards Can Collect and What to do if You Have a Unit Owner in Arrears Condominium boards and managers are often frustrated by unpaid common charges. Once a unit owner falls more than 60 days behind in his or her common charge payments, it is recommended that this problem be turned over to the condominium…Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, The New York Cooperator
  • Published: November 24, 2015

Q. This is a very common age-old question in a cooperative. What are my rights for inheriting a co-op apartment if the unit owner unfortunately dies? If a unit owner is deceased and the property is turned over to the estate, what are rights of a relative, for example, let's say the apartment owner’s siblings, to allow them to move…Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, Article
  • Published: April 13, 2014

Like other business negotiations, commercial lease negotiations depend on market conditions and the bargaining strength of the parties to the transaction (i.e., the landlord and tenant). Unless a commercial tenant is a bank or fortune 500 company, most landlords require new tenants signing a lease to deposit a sum of money equal to several months rent as a security deposit…Read More

  • By: New York Cooperator, Quoted "Stephen Lasser"
  • Published: July 24, 2013

Some situations might be more acceptable to condo boards (and neighbors) than others, depending upon the community, Stephen M. Lasser, Esq., a partner with the Manhattan-based law firm of Barton LLP, says. “Temporary situations such as relatives living with other relatives during a period of unemployment or while they are searching for other housing is more acceptable,” Lasser says. An…Read More

  • By: The New York Times, Quoted "Stephen Lasser"
  • Published: April 19, 2012

Q: It is common knowledge in our Manhattan co-op that our superintendent allows his brother to live in a storage room in the basement. Many shareholders believe this is a serious liability risk to the co-op, but the board allows it to continue. What can be done? A: “Allowing the superintendent’s brother to live in a basement storage room creates…Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, The New York Cooperator
  • Published: February 24, 2012

Q: I am a co-op owner. A renovation plan for my apartment was approved by the building, the board and the city. Con Edison added a new power line to the building at no cost because the building was at its capacity for the existing electrical load. It cost the building $150,000 to meter the new power line and also…Read More

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