Management Basics

Require Professional Installation of A/Cs to Avoid Damage, Liability

November 24, 2010    

In late September, a Vietnam veteran was sitting with his dog outside his building on Second Avenue in the East Village when a 45-pound air conditioner fell from a sixth-floor window. The air conditioner bounced off of the first-floor commercial tenant's awning and landed on his head. After...

Inform Tenants About DOS Christmas Tree/Wreath Recycling

November 24, 2010    

The city's Department of Sanitation (DOS) has a recycling program for Christmas trees and wreaths. It should make getting rid of trees and wreaths after the holiday much easier for you. The trees and wreaths may simply be put at curbside anytime on any day, on or after Monday, Jan. 3,...

Take Six Steps When Tenant Seeks Help Enforcing Restraining Order

August 30, 2010    

Protecting tenants against domestic violence is a difficult problem many owners face. In some situations, you may be required to let a domestic violence victim out of her lease. In New York State, the tenantial lease termination bill was signed into law on June 4, 2007, and amended on Aug. 15,...

How to Avoid Recycling Violations

February 22, 2010    

It is time-consuming to go to the Environmental Control Board to fight a recycling violation you may get from the city's Department of Sanitation (DOS). If you are like most owners, you probably just pay the fine. But with fines for each violation ranging from $25 to $500, the costs can add...

Minimize Fines, Reduce Liability with Smart Snow Removal Policy

January 28, 2010    

Winter weather creates hazardous conditions that can be extremely dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians. And while there are city agencies responsible for monitoring and dealing with the side effects of freezing temperatures and winter storms on public roadways, taking care of slippery...

Protect Tenants and Building from Christmas Tree Fire Hazards

November 23, 2009    

As Christmas approaches, many of your tenants will be setting up Christmas trees in their apartments. While a beautifully decorated tree can add to the holiday spirit and help create a fragrant indoor atmosphere, Christmas trees can also pose a serious fire hazard to tenants' apartments as...

Meeting Your Appliance Repair and Maintenance Responsibilities

June 24, 2009    

Many owners supply tenants with appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, microwave ovens, and garbage disposals. And when these appliances eventually break down, you may need to know whether you are supposed to repair or replace the broken appliance. Failing to do so, if required, can result in...

How to Start Preparing Your Building for a Pandemic Flu

May 24, 2009    

A pandemic flu is a global outbreak of disease originating from a new flu virus. Since most people have little or no natural immunity to these new flu strains, pandemic flus are likely to be more severe than seasonal flus with greater risk of hospitalization and death.

11 Signs to Post in Building Lobby or Entryway, Part II

March 18, 2009    

Most owners and managers are not aware of all the different signs that are required to be posted in a New York City apartment building. It is difficult to keep up with the sign-posting requirements that are buried in several different city and state laws. However, ignorance is not a valid excuse...

11 Signs to Post in Building Lobby or Entryway, Part I

February 22, 2009    

Keeping track of all the signs you are required to post in your building's lobby or entrance hall can be difficult. The sign-posting requirements are buried in several different city and state laws. But as difficult as it may be to keep up with the many different requirements, a missing or...

How to Set Up Successful Roof Management Program

October 29, 2008    

As winter approaches and erratic weather patterns become more frequent, owners and managers may want to be proactive in keeping their apartment building roofs in the best shape possible. Harsh weather conditions, such as heavy rain or snow, strong winds, and extreme temperatures, can cause...

Keep Proper Records to Avoid Lead-Based Paint Fines, Lawsuits

September 16, 2008    


Lead-based paint hazards have been in the news recently. A New York state bill dealing with lead-based paint is awaiting Governor Paterson's signature at the time of this writing. Its purpose is to identify 30 communities with the highest amount of lead-based hazards and...