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I just spent $50,000 for new windows, and now my co-op board wants to replace them. Help!

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 5/19/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. My co-op board is considering replacing all the windows in our building, a 36-story high-rise in Midtown, at a cost of about $10 million. I recently spent $...

My father wants to kick my brother out of the co-op we all share. Can I stop him?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 5/12/14 - 11:59 AM

Q. I own a two-bedroom co-op with my father. We've lived there with my brother for the last eight years. After a recent dispute about money, my father threatened to kick us both out. I'm...

My broker wrecked my flatscreen. Can I deduct the cost from his commission?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 5/05/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. While my broker was staging my apartment to sell, he accidentally knocked my flatscreen TV off the wall. It's toast! He said it wasn't hung up right and refuses to pay for it. I want...

My house-sitter flooded my rental. Who should cover the damage?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 4/28/14 - 1:30 PM

Q. My friend was house-sitting and didn't turn the bathtub faucet off all the way before she left. It flooded my apartment, causing thousands of dollars in damage to the apartment, my...

I'm selling my apartment sans broker. How do I vet my buyer's mortgage-worthiness?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 4/21/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I’m selling my apartment myself. How do I figure out whether a buyer will be able to get a mortgage? How much can I count on a pre-qualification? 

A. A pre-...

Can I get kicked out of my co-op for living there part-time?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 4/14/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. My co-op doesn't allow pied-à-terres. I'm moving to L.A. next month and I'd like to keep my studio apartment for...

How do I compile a great-looking co-op board package?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 4/07/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I have to make six copies of a board package. I want to impress! Are three-hole binders okay? Plastic sleeves? Binder clips? Stapled? Should I include tabs for sections? Any other...

Can I get a break on rent if there's a doorman strike?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 3/31/14 - 8:59 AM

Q. What are the chances there's going to be a doorman strike? Will I get a break on rent?

A. A rent credit may seem like the silver lining if ...

How do I stop my tenant's girlfriend from smoking on my stoop?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 3/24/14 - 2:30 PM

Q: I own a brownstone and rent out the two apartments upstairs. I always screen my tenants to make sure they're non-smokers, and I specify in their leases that...

How do I fix the water pressure in my upper-level co-op?

by Leigh Kamping-Carder | 3/17/14 - 2:30 PM

Q. I live on the 10th floor of a 12-floor prewar co-op. The water pressure is terrible above the fifth or sixth floor. I've heard water pumps might help. What's...