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Condominiums > Common Charge Collections

  • By: Stephen M. Lasser
  • Published: October 29, 2020

The primary governing documents of condominiums and homeowners associations are the declaration and by-laws recorded in the county clerk’s office where the property is located.  An offering plan, on the other hand, is a sales disclosure document distributed by the sponsor- developer to the initial prospective purchasers in a condominium or homeowners association community.  Where things can get confusing is…Read More

  • By: Stephen M. Lasser
  • Published: March 19, 2020

[printfriendly] There have been some recent legislative amendments, which seem well intentioned and positive.  Effective December 17, 2019, the amount that can be recovered in New York City small claims court cases was increased from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00.  This can be viewed as a positive development for landlords (including co-ops) and condominium boards. Due to the Housing Stability and Tenant…Read More

  • By: Stephen M. Lasser
  • Published: January 10, 2020

Condo Charges: Dealing with Late Players [embed]https://vimeo.com/380050795[/embed]Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, Video
  • Published: February 28, 2018

Condominium Common Charges - How Boards Can Collect and What to do if You Have a Unit Owner in ArrearsRead More

  • By: "Stephen Lasser, Video
  • Published: February 24, 2018

For Habitat U, Stephen M. Lasser talks about how to collect common charges in arrears and still stay on the right side of your condo’s constitution.Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, Habitat Magazine
  • Published: November 24, 2017

The Low-Down The issue of arrears in condominiums is important because heavy arrears might make it harder for potential purchasers or existing unit-owners to refinance the mortgages on their units. Heavy arrears might also prevent a condo from taking out a line of credit or a loan to start a capital project. All those issues could also make units harder…Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, Habitat Magazine
  • Published: November 24, 2017

There are several revisions that can be made to condominium bylaws to improve the collection of common charges and make the corporate governance of the building more efficient. The Real Property Law requires that common charges should be based on a unit-owner’s percentage of common interest, with certain exceptions for insurance and utilities. So most condominium bylaw provisions pertaining to…Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, Article
  • Published: April 20, 2017

Approximately one year ago, a data aggregation company based in California named Sperlonga entered into an agreement to start providing condominium and HOA owner payment and account status data to the credit reporting company Equifax.  It is our understanding that Sperlonga charges a monthly flat fee to the condominium or HOA for this service or a fee based on the…Read More

  • By: Stephen Lasser, Article
  • Published: January 20, 2017

Landlords and condominium boards frequently have to sue tenants and unit owners who fail to pay their rent or common charges in a timely manner.  This is an unfortunate fact of life in the real estate world.  In these situations, courts have typically been very stingy when awarding late fees or legal fees to the landlord or condominium board even…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

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