Helpful articles to aid Management Companies, Board Members, and Housing Cooperative Professionals in handling complex legal issues.
Alyssa Gunsorek, Esq.
Alyssa Gunsorek, Esq.
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Insurance and Indemnity Provisions in Management Agreements: Not Your Typical Boilerplate Language

The Management Agreement between an association and a management agent outlines the contractual obligations and expectations between the association and the management agent. These contractual obligations define the duties and responsibilities of the management agent for the management and operation of the association. They also provide for the duties and responsibilities of the association, as effectuated through its Board of Directors. Equally as important to the management duties and operational provisions in the Management Agreement, so too are the insurance and indemnification provisions.


The Return of Association Property During The Transition Process: May Not Be As Seamless As You Think.

We have all bore witness to the breakdown of the professional relationship between an association and its management agent. Once the management agreement is terminated and a new management agent is selected, the next step for the association is to begin the transition process from the prior management agent to the newly selected management agent. It is expected that the transition process be seamless and professional, and many times the association’s board of directors leaves the professional transition to its hired professionals. While many times transitions go smoothly, what happens when it doesn’t?


Swimming Pools and COVID-19

As states begin to slowly reopen, the question as to whether pools will open for the summer has become a hot topic. For states that have been hit hard with COVID-19, it is likely that public pools will remain closed for the rest of the summer. However, some states are permitting public and private pools to open/reopen for the summer months with strict guidelines.


Share Loan Financing

Housing cooperatives do not fit into a one size fits all category. Not only may cooperatives’ governing documents be organized differently, but they also vary as to their structures. Typically speaking, cooperatives are comprised of multifamily townhomes or apartment style dwelling units. However, some cooperatives are high rise style living or are even comprised of detached single dwelling properties.


What a Board of Directors Needs to Know about Rain Barrels

Rain barrels are becoming a popular way to collect and store rainwater for lawn and garden watering. However, such installation and use of rain barrels does not come without issues for cooperatives. A cooperative Board of Directors must consider the following prior to permitting the installation of rain barrels on cooperative property:


Healthy and Fun Ideas to Navigate Through COVID-19

A vast majority of Governors have mandated shelter-in-place orders for their residents to ease the spread of COVID-19. While we are all adapting to our temporary “new normal” it is important to remember to take time for yourself to help reduce the stress and anxiety that a pandemic can cause. Social distancing can take a toll on our emotional and mental states.


COVID-19 Workplace Restrictions; Get your Cooperative Attorney Involved

As COVID-19 cases are on the rise, many states have again mandated stay-at-home orders or have pulled back on reopening plans. Some states have even tightened restrictions on businesses that must remain closed and/or have ordered that all employees that can work remotely, must do so. With any state, local or county government law, order, guidance, or directive that provides for COVID-19 restrictions and/or requirements in the workplace, a cooperative Board of Directors must contact its cooperative attorney to not only interpret the restrictions and/or requirements but to assist the Board of Directors with the implementation of restrictions.


Member access to a unit after a fire

When a member experiences a fire loss, whether it be a partial or total loss, the member may request that the cooperative grant him/her access to his/her dwelling unit to retrieve personal items, if any personal items can be safely retrieved. The concern here is that as a result of the fire, the unit is uninhabitable and structurally unsound and access should only be granted on a case by case basis. It is vital that in these unfortunate events the safety of the member is protected and the dwelling unit is preserved at all times until the unit can be repaired.


Membership Applications-Winter 2019

Faced with the increasing cost of housing, many people see housing cooperatives as an alternative to traditional home ownership, and as housing cooperatives see an increase in membership applications, they need to ensure that these applications follow state and federal guidelines. Having attorneys who specialize in housing cooperatives draft membership applications may help cooperatives avoid potential legal issues down the road. Although cooperatives may have some differences in their membership applications, they do share some commonalities.