Helpful articles to aid Management Companies, Board Members, and Housing Cooperative Professionals in handling complex legal issues.
April E. Knoch, Esq
April E. Knoch, Esq
April E. Knoch, Esq's Blog


Among those horrifying things cooperative attorneys at our office, hear about are Board members who still do not get it! Did you know that there is such a thing as a “Fair Housing Tester?” Did you also know that these Testers are paid employees and that they are paid to contact your cooperative to see if your Board members and Management Staff are ensuring an equal opportunity to housing for all persons in protected classes? Can you even name all of the protected classes?


Co-op Counselor MAHC

Dear Co-op Counselor: Our annual meeting is fast approaching and with all this information going around about the coronavirus we are not certain we should be holding this meeting. We want to do our part to flatten the curve but our Bylaws require us to hold our annual meeting on a certain time and we can’t adjourn it without a vote of the membership. There just isn’t time. What do we do?


Is Nepotism Effecting Your Cooperative?

All housing cooperatives either have a requirement that all members of the Board are to also be members of the corporation, or, that at least a majority of the Board must be members of the corporation. Not all housing cooperatives, however, have any requirement when it comes to how the members themselves are qualified to be on the Board of Directors.


NAHC Class Summary

For many years, Randall Pentiuk and his team, April Gallup and Creighton Gallup, have presented various classes to Board members and Management alike, on the legal issues facing cooperatives.


Representing Your Housing Cooperative on the Board of Directors Shaping Your Public Image

One of the most important tenets of any corporation is its public image and its members’ perception of how the individual responsible for managing a corporation acts outside of the board room.


Basic Virtual Meeting Procedure Tips for Housing Cooperatives

Make sure virtual meetings are legally permissible in your State. Sometimes it may require a Bylaw amendment, and/or written policy to maintain the integrity of the meeting and voting process. According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition, virtual meetings must be authorized in your bylaws. For local governments, if you State has laws permitting you to meet remotely or if your Governor has issued an Executive Order permitting remote meetings, that will supercede Robert’s Rules.