Hiring Professionals vs. Repairs In-House: Quality & Liability Issues
There are some things a super can do, and times to hire outside professionals. Who does what and when?
Is Your NYC Building Sitting On an Underground River?
Does the basement of your New York City building experience flooding without a burst pipe or dramatic weather event?
Green Walls, Water Features & More: Indoor Landscaping
Biophilia connects humans to nature, as green walls and water features are used in landscape design.
What's Trending in Multifamily Amenities? No Place Like Home!
Post-pandemic, the home has become workplace, gym, and entertainment space like a hotel.
When Renovation Violates a Board's Alteration Agreement
How to deal with a renovation that violates your co-op or condo board's alteration agreement.
Window Maintenance & Replacement: Crucial Building Systems
Windows top the list of most important systems to maintain, but are among the most expensive to replace.
Hiring Building Staff & Professionals: It's About Chemistry
Hiring building staff and professionals often happens through word-of-mouth referrals.
Management Trials & Triumphs: Toughest Job You'll Ever Love
Managers have a sense of self-satisfaction when finishing a job. Mistake? They will hear all about it.
Greener Cleaning: Choosing More Eco-Friendly Products
Green cleaning is better for the environment; healthier for residents, staff, and pets; and often more economical.
Can our co-op ban our super from doing routine jobs?
Whether a super can make a repair depends on your proprietary lease, plus what and where is the repair.
Multifamily Garbage Handling & Disposal: Taking Out the Trash
How we dispose of our trash is a pressing concern in view of climate change and protecting the environment.
Recycle, Reuse, Reduce: How to Help Slow Climate Change
Saving the planet from the effects of climate change is an urgent—and gargantuan—task.
When Building Repairs Pay Off: Do Multiple Projects at Once
Fixing everything at once may sound expensive, but over time proves the most economical.
Orienting New Owners: Getting Smart in Condo & Co-op Life
Whether from a rental or a single-family home, living in a condo or co-op differs dramatically.
Co-ops, Condos & Social Media: To Tweet...or Not to Tweet?
Communications to residents runs from traditional paper to digital distribution. Is it time for social media, too?
Communications & Community: Clarity, Transparency & Respect
Open lines of communication between boards, managers, and owners are the nerve system of the community.
Boards, Managers, Landlords: Defining the Difference
Who decides what is the resident's responsibility and what is not? It all depends on whether you own or rent.
Hiring Staff: Finding, Vetting and Retaining Building Employees
For communities like co-ops and condos, hiring and retaining good people is the key to success.
Trends in Multifamily Building Technology: Building Systems Better
Managers of co-ops and condominiums stay up-to-date on advancements in building systems technology, or BMS.
The Bidding Process: Finding the Best People at the Best Price
One truism of home ownership is that there is always something that needs to be fixed or replaced.
Budgeting: Keep it Real to Plan for Future Expenses
To create a working budget, there’s no such thing as too much planning. Reviewing expenditures monthly is standard.
Digital Documents: Balancing Safe Storage with Accessibility
With infinite documents generated by sales, minutes, and more, year after year, how much needs to be kept and for how long?
Bloom Times: The Luxury and Value of Floral Arrangements
“It looks like a photo from a magazine!” is the exclamation many a manager, broker, potential buyer and board president...
Where Does it Go? The Problem of Financial Leakage
Co-ops and condos often find that expenses exceed projections. The question is, are there leaks?
A Day Late, a Dollar Short: The Dangers of Underfunding
In a world where the cost of services and goods are generally rising, even in the absence of any substantive inflation,
Brooklyn Heights Co-op Parks $1 Million on Garage Repairs
Shareholders were not assessed for renovation of the three-level garage in their 32-story co-op.
Things Nobody Tells you About Greenhouses: Costs & Labor
A greenhouse is an expensive perk, and needs approval in New York co-ops and condos.
Multifamily Property Management Takeaways from 2020
During the pandemic, property management changed and continues to evolve.
Management in Crisis: How the Pandemic Changed an Industry
Little could have prepared property managers for Covid19.
The Price is...Right? Adjusting for Pandemic's Impact
Even before COVID-19, where real estate values were going was not great.
Can Dog Walkers and Nannies Come into my Co-Op Now?
New York City has begun the slow process of reopening, but reopening does not mean a return to normal.
Gumley Haft Takes Action for New York Co-ops and Condos
Daniel Wollman, CEO, has solved 1000s of problems for New York residents from uptown to downtown.