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Can I get kicked out of my co-op for living there part-time?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 4/14/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. My co-op doesn't allow pied-à-terres. I'm moving to L.A. next month and I'd like to keep my studio apartment for...

How do I compile a great-looking co-op board package?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 4/07/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I have to make six copies of a board package. I want to impress! Are three-hole binders okay? Plastic sleeves? Binder clips? Stapled? Should I include tabs for sections? Any other...

Can I get a break on rent if there's a doorman strike?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 3/31/14 - 8:59 AM

Q. What are the chances there's going to be a doorman strike? Will I get a break on rent?

A. A rent credit may seem like the silver lining if ...

How do I stop my tenant's girlfriend from smoking on my stoop?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 3/24/14 - 2:30 PM

Q: I own a brownstone and rent out the two apartments upstairs. I always screen my tenants to make sure they're non-smokers, and I specify in their leases that...

How do I fix the water pressure in my upper-level co-op?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 3/17/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I live on the 10th floor of a 12-floor prewar co-op. The water pressure is terrible above the fifth or sixth floor. I've heard water pumps might help. What's...

Ask An Expert: My new apartment is so noisy! Can I sue the seller for not telling me?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 3/10/14 - 8:59 AM

Q: I bought an apartment in a brownstone on the Upper West Side, only to discover the walls are paper thin. Forget footsteps--I hear the neighbors watching the morning news, having sex...

Ask an Expert: Can I mortgage my co-op to buy another NYC apartment?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 3/03/14 - 1:35 PM

Q: I own a three-bedroom co-op near Columbia University worth $800,000. I’ve paid off the mortgage, so I only pay maintenance fees. I’d like to buy a second...

Ask an Expert: Some developers won't let me flip my condo. What gives?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 2/24/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I'm looking for a brand new condo, but at a couple of the developments I've checked out, the developer says buyers aren't allowed to "flip" their contracts or sell the...

Ask an Expert: My brother and I are inheriting everything from our parents. How do I make sure I get their co-op?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 2/18/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. My elderly parents plan to leave everything equally to my brother and me, although the two of us are no longer on speaking terms. Unfortunately, they don’t...

Ask An Expert: I'm buying a NYC apartment. How much should I pay in attorneys' fees?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 2/11/14 - 9:59 AM

Q: I'm buying an apartment in Manhattan with a budget of $1 million tops. How much should I pay for a real estate attorney? Do the rates differ if I buy a co-op...