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The State of the Business Judgment Rule Appellate Court Rulings By Adam Leitman Bailey

February 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey   The greatest changes in cooperative and condominium law this past year did not come from the legislature or from the courts but from the New York Attorney General’s office (NYAG).  This article will review some of those changes and the most significant appellate cases affecting cooperatives and condominiums.  Full Article…

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The Sound and the Fury: Noise in Rentals, Co-ops and Condos

June 8, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman   As New York City experiences ever denser housing, the problems of noise resound ever more clearly. The noise has gotten louder for many reasons. First more families have chosen to reside in this city and one of the loudest and unrepresented group of violators  Full Article…

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Court Clarifies Condo Owners’ Right to Inspect

December 20, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio In their Condominium Law column, Adam Leitman Bailey and John Desiderio discuss the recent First Department case ‘Pomerance v. McGrath,’ in which the court has clarified the rights of condominium owners to inspect management books and records. In its 2013 decision in Pomerance v.  Full Article…

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Seven Secrets to Drafting An Effective Commercial Lease Default Lease

An effective commercial lease will dictate the future relationship between landlord and tenant. The more clauses forcing the commercial tenant to comply with its obligations, the better chance the landlord will have in not only have a successful relationship but also ensuring that the rent is paid and the tenant behaves. Below are some of  Full Article…

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Court Clarifies Condo Owners’ Right to Inspect

December 20, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio In their Condominium Law column, Adam Leitman Bailey and John Desiderio discuss the recent First Department case ‘Pomerance v. McGrath,’ in which the court has clarified the rights of condominium owners to inspect management books and records. In its 2013 decision in Pomerance v.  Full Article…

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The Sound and the Fury: Noise in Rentals, Co-ops and Condos

By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman As New York City experiences ever denser housing, the problems of noise resound ever more clearly. The noise has gotten louder for many reasons. First more families have chosen to reside in this city and one of the loudest and unrepresented group of violators has been screaming children.  Full Article…

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The Rules for Allowing Pets in ‘No-Pet’ Buildings

April 13th, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio When determining whether an owner’s pet qualifies for admittance in a “no-pet” building, cooperatives and condominiums must be extremely careful to follow the federal, state, and city fair housing laws governing how far a board can go when investigating and denying an animal’s entrance.  Full Article…

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How to Revise Governing Documents

November 2015   The board had decided to revise its bylaws and proprietary lease. Now what? It is a familiar story: the co-op corporation’s bylaws and proprietary lease were antiquated. Both documents were poorly drafted, rife with internal inconsistencies and conflicts with current law. There were no longer relevant provisions regarding the original sponsor, and  Full Article…

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