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A pipe leaks and damages a neighbor's co-op. Who pays?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 8/18/14 - 1:59 PM

Q. I live in a co-op, and recently a water pipe inside my wall leaked, probably because of its age. Even though it was repaired promptly, the leak caused some water damage to the...

Selling a super's apartment to bolster a building's finances: What residents need to know

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 8/11/14 - 1:59 PM

Q. I live in a 40-unit Brooklyn co-op, and we're trying to raise money for the building. We're thinking of selling the super's apartment and either relocating him to a smaller unit or...

If my tenant's husband moves in, can I jack up the rent?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 8/04/14 - 1:59 PM

Q. I own a three-family house, and I've been renting one of the apartments to a woman with two children who is separated from her husband. If he moves in, am I entitled to raise her rent...

What's fair game to ask a potential roommate?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 7/28/14 - 2:59 PM

Q: I'm looking to rent out a room in my apartment. Can I legally advertise my place as LGBT-friendly? Am I allowed to ask how old potential roommates are? Can I...

How do I bequeath my co-op to my sister?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 7/21/14 - 1:59 PM

Q. I recently bought a one-bedroom co-op, which I'd eventually like to leave to my sister. What are my options for estate planning?


I'm buying a co-op with a washer/dryer, but now the board wants it out. Help!

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 7/14/14 - 1:59 PM

Q. We're about to close on a co-op with a washer/dryer. The sellers' broker told us repeatedly that it was installed legally, but has never provided proof, and...

A package goes missing in your condo — who's to blame?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 7/07/14 - 2:59 PM

Q. I ordered a bridesmaid's dress from a big online retailer. The store and UPS say that it got delivered to my condo building, and one of the doormen signed...

My landlord won't return my security deposit: What's my recourse?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 6/30/14 - 1:59 PM

Q. My ex-landlord has my security deposit and hasn't returned my numerous phone calls and emails. How do I get it back? Will my renter's insurance cover it? Should I go to court?...

Condo or townhouse--which is a smarter buy?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 6/23/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. What is a better investment—a condo or a townhouse?

A. That's a big question, and perhaps one hard to answer definitively. Much...

I briefly stopped paying my student loans. Must I give up on buying a co-op and passing muster with its board?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 6/16/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I had to take a forbearance on my student loans about five years ago. I’m in much better financial shape now, and I want to buy a place. Will the forbearance affect my...