Queens co-op charges shareholder legal fees over dog dispute that didn’t go to court

TRD New York /
Jun.June 17, 2011 02:15 PM

In a move that some may say represents  the inherent problems with co-op rules, a Queens co-op that vowed to evict a shareholder unless he gave up his pet pitbull has issued him a $1,000 bill for legal fees — even though the case never made it to court, the Daily News reported.

David Teitelbaum, who lives at Dayton Towers in Rockaway Beach, was told the fee covered the co-op’s legal fees relating to the issue — for a couple of letters sent out by the board’s attorney. The white dog, Aphrodite, helps him cope with bi-polar disorder, he said.

Shareholders, tenant advocates said, have few options in the face of a spiteful board, charging fees without merit.

“There are no checks and balances,” said Larry Simms, president of the Alliance of Condo and Co-op Owners. “There are too many times when board members or managing agents are inclined to be abusive.”

A building manager promised to drop the fee only when the Daily News called to investigate.

Had the board stuck by its charge and Teitelbaum failed to pay, tenant attorneys say the board would have kept the incident on his account and demanded payment if he ever decided to sell. [NYDN]


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: The remains of burned homes (Bottom R) are surrounded by water with the Manhattan skyline in the distance after Superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Over 50 homes were reportedly destroyed in a fire during the storm. At least 50 people were reportedly killed in the U.S. by Sandy. New York City was hit especially hard with widespread power outages and significant flooding in parts of the city.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Areas hit hardest by Sandy experience a construction boom

Areas hit hardest by Sandy experience a construction boom
Marcal Group plans 160K sf Rockaway Beach rental building

Marcal Group plans 160K sf Rockaway Beach rental building

Marcal Group plans 160K sf Rockaway Beach rental building
Jason Meister

Rockaway Beach resi site hits the market

Rockaway Beach resi site hits the market
Camp Rockaway

Designer looking to open glamorous Rockaways tent camp

Designer looking to open glamorous Rockaways tent camp
Rockaway Beach

Numbers to know: Bialystoker nursing home is landmarked, making tracks to the Rockaways … and more

Numbers to know: Bialystoker nursing home is landmarked, making tracks to the Rockaways … and more
Kips Bay show house lists for $16M, Sandy-ravaged Nathan’s returns … and more

Kips Bay show house lists for $16M, Sandy-ravaged Nathan’s returns … and more

Kips Bay show house lists for $16M, Sandy-ravaged Nathan’s returns … and more
Rockaway Beach Boulevard after Hurricane Sandy

Feds to pay for Sandy-damaged beaches in NY area

Feds to pay for Sandy-damaged beaches in NY area
Placeholder image

Change to surfing laws boosts Rockaway Beach real estate

Change to surfing laws boosts Rockaway Beach real estate
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...