Cooperative and Condominium Law

Creative Strategies for Long-Term Success

With our clients’ business goals in mind, we partner with them to provide efficient and creative board advisory services. We guide a broad range of clients in effective management and governance to achieve the highest financial and operational efficiency. Understanding the needs of all parties involved, we advocate for our clients’ interests and negotiate agreements on the best possible terms. Our deep experience in this industry makes Tarter Krinsky & Drogin a full-service solution in cooperative and condominium law.

Our Cooperative and Condominium Law Practice Group advises residential and mixed-use cooperative corporations, condominium associations, boards, and managing agents on all issues, including:

  • Day-to-day operations
  • Corporate matters
  • Budget planning
  • Building improvement contracts
  • Amendments to proprietary leases, by-laws and house rules
  • Regulatory issues including compliance with by-laws, local laws and the Department of Buildings
  • Negotiation of commercial leases
  • Preparation of construction agreements with contractors, architects and designers
  • Third-party contracts
  • Underlying mortgage refinancings
  • Oversight of construction and major capital projects
  • Tax issues

We handle all facets of real estate litigation, including arbitrations and mediations, shareholder/unit owner disputes, and litigation with insurance carriers over coverage. Issues include sponsor defaults, construction defects, unauthorized construction and subletting, transfers issues, discrimination complaints, nuisance abatement and noise complaints and vendor disputes.

We have more than 60 cumulative years of experience handing condo and co-op matters. As a result, we know the most effective strategies to resolve complicated issues and can keep matters moving.

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Cobb, Christopher Counsel Counsel 212.216.1181 VCard
Farrell, Edward Partner Partner 212.216.8090 VCard
Pfeffer, David J. Partner and Chair of Construction Group Partner and Chair of Construction Group 212.216.8075 VCard
Troup, Steven Of Counsel Of Counsel 212.216.8020 VCard
Tumulty, Christopher Partner Partner 212.216.8096 VCard
  • Our Top 10 Legal Alerts from 2021
    December 30, 2021

    As we start a new year, we would like to share with you some of our most popular legal alerts from 2021. Our top alerts range from bankruptcy, real estate, COVID-19, labor & employment, healthcare, immigration, trusts & estates, corporate & securities, litigation, and intellectual property, reflecting the broad array of our full-service capabilities. 

  • New Requirement for New York Landlords: Reasonable Accommodation Notice for Persons with Disabilities
    March 25, 2021

    A change in state law that takes effect this month now requires New York residential landlords to distribute disability accommodation notices to all current tenants by April 1, 2021, and to all new tenants within 30 days of beginning their tenancy.

  • Housing Cooperatives Added to Second Round of Paycheck Protection Program
    December 30, 2020

    The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the Act) signed by the President on December 27, 2020, includes a second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It also contains an important provision specifically including “housing cooperatives” as eligible applicants for PPP funding.

  • Our Top 10 Legal Alerts from 2019
    January 15, 2020

    As we start a new year, we would like to share with you some of our most popular legal alerts from 2019. Our top-read alerts range from construction, labor & employment, tax, immigration, trusts & estates, cooperatives & condominiums, real estate, corporate & securities, litigation and intellectual property, reflecting the broad array of our full-service practice. We hope that our alerts have been valuable to you and your colleagues, and demonstrate our commitment to providing helpful information to you.

  • Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s Top 10 Legal Alerts from the First Half of 2019
    June 25, 2019

    As we head into summer, we would like to share with you some of our most popular legal alerts from the first half of 2019. Our top-read alerts range from construction, labor and employment, tax, corporate and securities, immigration, cooperatives and condominiums, commercial leasing, real estate, litigation and intellectual property, reflecting the broad array of our full-service practice. We hope that our alerts have been valuable to you and your colleagues, and demonstrate our commitment to providing helpful information to you.

  • New York State Appellate Court Decision Puts Many Co-ops’ Ability to Recover Attorneys’ Fees in Jeopardy
    February 14, 2019

    Late last year, the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department issued a decision regarding the enforceability of an attorneys’ fees provision in a Manhattan cooperative’s proprietary lease. In its decision in Krodel v. Amalgamated Dwellings Inc., the Appellate Division found that the attorneys’ fees provision was unenforceable to the extent that it allowed the co-op to recover attorneys’ fees from a tenant if the tenant commenced an action against the co-op, regardless of whether the co-op was or was not in default.

  • Steve Troup Authors Article for Habitat Magazine on Rights of Shareholders and Unit-Owners to Inspect Books and Records
    December 8, 2017

    Steve Troup authored the article, “When Owners Want a Peek Behind the Curtain… Make Sure Nothing Scandalous Gets Out” for Habitat magazine. In the article, Steve explained that there are documents that must be turned over to shareholders or unit-owners of co-ops or condos if requested in good faith.

  • Mind Your Manners, Mr. Board President
    October 1, 2010

    The job of a co-op or condo board member seems pretty straightforward: have  meetings, take votes on this or that item of business, approve checks, keep an  eye on the budget, and so forth.  That’s the administrative part of the job. But board membership also comes with a  whole slew of legal and ethical considerations as well—many of which the board member may have never stopped to consider. Let’s take a look at some of the common ethical and legal pratfalls board members  fall victim to, and how to avoid them.   

  • How to Resuscitate an Owners' Association
    September 15, 2006

    Q We own a three-family house in Brooklyn that is part of a 140-building homeowners’ association. We have not had an annual meeting for more than five years. Two months ago, we asked the board for a special meeting as outlined in the bylaws, but we have not received a response. What can we do now?

  • Condo Owners and Board Meetings
    January 8, 2006

    Q. I live in a condominium community in Queens. I recently wrote to the board of managers and asked whether I, as a homeowner, have the right to attend monthly board meetings. I was told that no homeowner (other than a board member) may, under any circumstances, attend a meeting of the board. Is this correct? Is there a law in New York that prohibits homeowners from attending monthly board meetings? ... George P. Silberman, Bayside, Queens.

  • Selling After Death of an Owner
    September 8, 2005

    There is a general uncertainty within the real estate community with respect to the requirements for conveying clear title to individually owned condominium and cooperative apartments when one or all of the record owners are deceased. This article will discuss what a seller's attorney must do prior to closing to assure that the seller can deliver on his or her obligation to convey clear title at closing, as well as to satisfy the title agent and the managing agent of a cooperative corporation, that all of the necessary documents are in place in order to effectuate a transfer of good and clear title of the unit.

  • Do We Keep it a Secret? The Pros and Cons of How Public Your Balloting Should Be
    June 1, 2005

    When shareholders of a cooperative or unit-owners of a condominium vote to elect members of a board, balloting may be done in secret or in the open. Secret ballots, as the term implies, are private. In open balloting, both the fact of voting and the person for whom the ballot is cast are public knowledge.

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