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How to deal with unauthorized intruders
May 30, 2024

Intruder Alert! How Not to Deal with Unauthorized Visitors

Calling the police is the procedure if someone enters the building and becomes a nuisance.

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When assessing a buyer, boards look for financial information.
May 1, 2024

Assessing Buyer Applications: What Boards Should Look For

The board needs to understand the purchaser’s finances and are diligent in asking for financial information.

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Curb appeal maximizes aesthetics and value
April 1, 2024

Does Curb Appeal Really Matter? Maximizing Aesthetics & Value

Curb appeal gives a first impression of a building, which should look great inside and out.

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The superintendent is at the heart of every building.
February 1, 2024

That's Super! The Role and Responsibilities of Your Superintendent

At the heart of every coop or condo is the person who makes it run. That person is your superintendent.

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November 7, 2023

Three Things to Ask Before Hiring a Live-in Super

Hiring a super becomes a decades-long decision and requires evaluation of more than just a skill set.

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Super to the rescue! Or not.
October 1, 2023

Hiring Professionals vs. Repairs In-House

There are some things a super can do, and times to hire outside professionals. Who does what and when?

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Daniel Wollman, CEO, Gumley Haft, New York
September 1, 2023

Don't Put Off the Inevitable: Maintenance +

Boards have a responsibility to make decisions and take the necessary actions to maintain their building.

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When residents are away, there is no one to notice leaks or other problems.
June 1, 2023

When Residents Are Away: Managing Empty Units

Residents away for extended periods pose challenges. No one can notice problems which may effect other units.

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New York is teeming with underground rivers and streams.
April 10, 2023

Is Your NYC Building Sitting On an Underground River?

Does the basement of your NYC building experience flooding without a burst pipe or weather event?

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Biophilia is the concept of connecting humans to nature, now an element of decor.
April 1, 2023

Green Walls, Water Features & More: Indoor Landscaping

Biophilic design brings aspects of nature into interiors, such as green walls, and is being seen more in common spaces.

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Post-pandemic building amenities wrap work and play in one.
April 1, 2023

What's Trending in Multifamily Amenities? No Place Like Home!

Post-pandemic, home has become workplace, gym, and entertainment space, as amenities build in one place.

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Renovations need to adhere to the alteration agreement.
March 17, 2023

When Renovation Violates a Board's Alteration Agreement

Stopping a job is very effective in correcting renovation violations that are found to be unauthorized.

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Windows top the list for maintenance but are expensive to replace.
March 1, 2023

Window Maintenance & Replacement: Crucial Building Systems

Windows top the list of most important systems to maintain, but are expensive to replace.

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Some repairs may fall into the jobs of a super or handyman but others require contractors who specialize in facades, roofs, and plumbing.
February 1, 2023

Hiring Building Staff & Professionals: It's About Chemistry

Hiring building staff and professionals often happens through word-of-mouth referrals.

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Management knows when they have a job well done, but when something goes wrong, that's when they will hear about it.
January 1, 2023

Management Trials & Triumphs: Toughest Job You'll Ever Love

Managers gain self-satisfaction when finishing a job. Mistake? They will hear all about it.

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Greener cleaning
November 1, 2022

Greener Cleaning: Choosing More Eco-Friendly Products

Green cleaning is better for the environment; healthier for residents, staff, and pets; and often more economical.

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October 10, 2022

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.

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Garbage Disposal: Taking out the Trash
October 1, 2022

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.

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How to help slow climate change: Reduce Reuse Recycle
September 1, 2022

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce: How to Help Slow Climate Change

Saving the planet from the effects of climate change is an urgent—and gargantuan—task.

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August 1, 2022

New Board Members: Getting Newcomers Up To Speed

Should there be a formal process? Or should new members first volunteer? Two views.

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Building repairs pay off when a Board approves multiple projects at once.
July 1, 2022

When Building Repairs Pay Off: Do Multiple Projects at Once

Fixing everything at once may sound expensive, but over time proves the most economical.

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social media in coops and condos
July 1, 2022

Co-ops, Condos, & Social Media

Social media is absent from communication in the majority of NY co-ops and condos.

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First Time Buyers
June 1, 2022

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.

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Energy Issues Loom
May 12, 2022

Energy Issues on the Horizon: Local Law 97 Looms

Efforts to reduce energy use in large buildings as per Local Law 97 is a growing burden. Here is an overview.

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Social Media in co-ops and condos
May 1, 2022

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?

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Communications are key in communities
April 1, 2022

Communications & Community: Clarity, Transparency & Respect

Open lines of communication between boards, managers, and owners are the nerve system of the community.

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Roles of Boards Management and Landlords
February 1, 2022

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.

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Hiring Building Staff
December 1, 2021

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.

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Trends in building technology
November 1, 2021

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.

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The Bidding Process
October 1, 2021

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.

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Budgeting to Plan for the Future
September 1, 2021

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.

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Digital Documents
August 1, 2021

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?

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Financial leakage requires astute reviews of bills and repairs
July 1, 2021

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?

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June 1, 2021

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…

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May 22, 2021

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,

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March 31, 2021

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.

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Buying a home with a greenhouse
March 15, 2021

Things Nobody Tells you About Greenhouses: Costs & Labor

A greenhouse is an expensive perk, and needs approval in New York co-ops and condos.

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How the pandemic changed property management of multiple-dwelling buildings.
March 15, 2021

Multifamily Property Management Takeaways from 2020

During the pandemic, property management changed and continues to evolve.

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February 18, 2021

PPP Loan Application Sparks Confusion

Co-ops are now eligible for loans from the Payroll Protection Program but signing the application has risks, says Dan Wollman, CEO, Gumley Haft.

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How Covid changed property management
January 1, 2021

Management in Crisis: How the Pandemic Changed an Industry

Little could have prepared property managers for Covid19.

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What new Board members need to know
August 1, 2020

What New Board Members Need to Know

How to make sure new board members hit the ground running? Every building has a process.

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Has the pandemic affected real estate values?
July 1, 2020

The Price is...Right? Adjusting for Pandemic's Impact

Even before COVID-19, where real estate values were going was not great.

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When Can Dogwalkers and Nannies Come Back?
June 29, 2020

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.

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How to open gyms and pools in Covid
June 5, 2020

How to Reopen Building Gyms and Pools?

When it comes to reopening gyms and pools in New York buildings, managers move with extreme caution.

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May 20, 2020

NYC Apartment Renovations in Covid

Anyone in the middle of an apt. renovation in NYC found themselves in a serious jam.

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Gumley Haft Takes Action Daily for New York Co-ops and Condos
February 4, 2020

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.

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Managing conflict
February 1, 2020

Managing Conflict: When Residents Take Sides

Inevitably, conflicts happen between neighbors next door in a co-op or condo.

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Daniel Wollman
January 1, 2020

The Evolution of Property Management

Property management has changed, but personal contact remains a priority.

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Brooklyn Heights high rise coop repairs garage to tune of $1 million.
July 1, 2019

Minding the Bottom Line: Add Up the Money

Managing the math keeps buildings out of the red. Here, an example.

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April 18, 2019

Carnegie Hill Co-op Powered by Committees

At many NYC co-ops and condos, the board is led by a group of dedicated doers.

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Elevators must meet DOB mandates in 2020.
April 1, 2019

Elevators: When It's Time to Consider an Upgrade

Now, boards must consider whether to fully modernize elevators, or just comply.

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April 1, 2019

Hygiene in Shared Amenities

Keeping amenities well maintained retains value and protects those who use them. 

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Capital-Reserve-Funds
April 1, 2019

Capital Reserve Funds: How Much?

Buildings need adequate capital reserve funds, whether for repairs, replacements or emergencies.

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Gutting a building next door
March 1, 2019

Building Demolition: Minimizing Disruption

When building-a-building happens next door, management gets involved to protect the people, and residence, in their charge.

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Keep warranties filed for future reference.
January 1, 2019

Warranties and Service Agreements

There are no guarantees when it comes to building systems, parts and components.

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Storage is an issue due to online shopping.
September 1, 2018

Coping with Delivery Overload

E-commerce has changed people’s shopping habits, including the way residents receive their deliveries.

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Storage Bill
July 14, 2018

A Co-op Forgot to Send the Storage Bill.

If a co-op neglects to send a bill for 8 years, does the shareholder still have to pay?

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How to keep pigeons away
April 14, 2018

How to Keep Unwelcome Pigeons at Bay

Tell your superintendent if birds flock at your windows. Removal is not a DIY job.

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When a neighbor takes your newspaper
November 18, 2017

When a Neighbor is Taking Your Newspaper

Newspaper missing? If a neighbor is swiping it, this could violate house rules.

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Surprises Behind Walls
January 1, 2016

The Expensive Surprises That Lurk Behind Walls

Leaks caused extensive water damage. How to fix the masonry without removing the windows? Aha!

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June 4, 2009

Doormen vs. Security Guards: Who Loves Ya?

When choosing a doorman or a security guard, cost is not the main factor.

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