As we've written previously, it's in no way standard for a board to insist on meeting your kids before they approve you (though it's not a bad idea to have your friends say glowing things about them in your reference letters). The practice might even be borderline illegal, given city laws that make it illegal to reject a buyer from a building based on whether they do or don't have children, though this can be tough to prove as boards aren't obligated to disclose their reasons for rejecting buyers.
“My point in the [complaint] was to show the ill-preparedness, the lack of training that co-op boards have and real estate agents have,” the co-op buyer in question told DNAinfo. “They don’t know that this is not legal. It’s completely unethical, but it’s also illegal.”
The buzz around the case may mean boards will shy away from invasive kid questions at your next board interview (lest they invite more scrutiny), but one thing you'll still want to keep in mind: your kids' digital footprints. A few years back, we heard tell of an Upper East Side co-op shutting down a sale after discovering via Facebook that a buyer's son was a member of a "hate group." If you're about to embark on an apartment hunt, spend a few minutes switching your settings to private, and making sure your progeny does the same (and while you're at it, make sure they don't join horrible organizations on or off social media, period).
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