New York Condo Lawsuit

For some reason I don’t get many emails from New York, even though condo and co-op problems there are as bad as elsewhere.

But here’s an interesting lawsuit involving a New York condo dispute, in which the board appears to have intentionally targeted one homeowner, possibly as an attempt to get him to move out and sell his home to one of the board members.

With this kind of nastiness, what do you think that does to the character of a condominium? Does a Homeowners Association of any kind actually protect property values?

(link to New York condo lawsuit)



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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

1 thought on “New York Condo Lawsuit

  1. Deborah Goonan

    Sometimes these very small, self-managed HOAs/Condo associations are the worst living situations of all. You cannot escape your neighbors and conflict when there are less than 10 members!

    We don’t know how many HOAs are small — less than 40-50 units. But they would be more common in the northeast and midwest of the US, where old brownstones, rowhomes, beach houses, and Victorians have been chopped up (or popped up) over the years to create several units under one roof.


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