For New Yorkers accustomed to living stacked on top of each other, the annoyances of such close quarters — late-night noise, wafting smoke and invasive aromas — are all too familiar. But until now, condo dwellers had few legal remedies for coping with unruly neighbors.
While co-op residents technically lease their apartments and can be evicted, condo boards lack legal standing to remove unit owners, no matter how offensive their behavior may be. But attorneys at the Manhattan law firm of Rosen Livingston & Cholst are trying to change that, in a first-of-its-kind effort to give condo boards “a fighting chance to enforce order in the community,” said attorney Bruce Cholst. [more]