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Cohen Hochman & Allen
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New York, New York 10038
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Category Archives: General
If you think your coop board has done you wrong, watch the clock. You might have only four months to sue. See for example the decision of the Appellate Division First Dept. in Musey v. 425 East 86 Apts. Corp.
Some people seem to make a hobby of tormenting their neighbors with baseless lawsuits. The worst offenders are often people who do it without lawyers—or even worse, are lawyers representing themselves.
When you have a problem with the Board of your condominium or coop, you want a lawyer who can read — and understand — the rules governing the Board. For a condominium, the rules are in the recorded declaration of … Continue reading
What if my condo Board tells me I have to design new windows for the entire building? They can’t really do that, can they? Well, it happened to a client of mine. Here’s what we did.
There’s nothing wrong with your managing agent except that the business is so tough. Think about it. Board members for condos & coops are amateurs mostly and under pressure from their fellow apartment owners to save money. They know how … Continue reading
Maybe you don’t have problems with your Board. Maybe you’re lucky. But then you are in the minority. Almost everyone who owns an apartment in NYC or knows someone who owns an apartment in NYC — meaning pretty much everyone … Continue reading
Don’t Get Stuck When You and Your Store Tenant Get Sued Because the Tenant Doesn’t Make His Space Accessible to Disabled People
You own the building. Your lease might say that the store tenant has to pay for everything, including handicapped access. But the Americans with Disabilities Act makes both of you responsible and leaves it to the two of you to … Continue reading
He can’t do that, can he? Well, yes he can sometimes, although never permanently. But the good news is, he has to pay you and probably your lawyer too.
Once upon a time, that is before 1976, the New York City Dept. of Buildings largely ignored balcony enclosures in high-rise buildings. You could turn your balcony into a greenhouse or even an extension of your living room and nobody … Continue reading
No one likes getting sued. Period. And if you think the plaintiffs are just pursuing a hustle it can make you even angrier. That’s how restaurant owners and landlords often feel about being sued by disabled plaintiffs — especially if … Continue reading