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Fifth Ave. co-op board sued for $600K over washing machine

February 15, 2014 03:00PM

The Brevoort at 11 Fifth Avenue

The Brevoort at 11 Fifth Avenue and a Maytag washer and dryer set

WEEKENDEDITION Helen Siller, 63, is taking her white-glove building’s co-op board to court over a washing machine. 

The $600,000 lawsuit comes after the board at 11 Fifth Avenue forced Siller to replace her broken Maytag washer with one of three, pricey approved brands, according to the New York Post. Siller had allegedly been promised by Diane Nardone, the co-op board president, that her washer was grandfathered in and not subject to the new house rules.

“This makes as little sense to us as it does to you,” Siller’s lawyer husband Stephen Siller told the Post.

According to the Sillers, installing an approved high-voltage appliance – a Miele, Bosch and Asko, which start at around $900 – would require expensive electrical work. They simply want to purchase another $300 to $400 Maytag.

“If the board thinks I am going to get a self-venting anything and patch the hole at my expense, we will let a court decide” Stephen wrote in an email to board president Nardone on Feb. 3.

Nardone fired back “I do not appreciate your tone or your threats. Go to court. We’ll let a judge decide whether our house rules and our alternation agreement should be enforced,” according to the suit. [NYP]Christopher Cameron

  • Conscience_of_a_conservative

    Seems reasonable or acceptable for a board to specify requirements such as self venting, but in limiting choices to only the most expensive brands the board goes too far, and comes across as being snobby.

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