Co-op boards battle coronavirus with more rules, litigation

Buildings are suing residents who violate social distancing

TRD New York /
Apr.April 16, 2020 10:47 AM
The Hamilton at 330 West 145th Street (Credit: StreetEasy)

The Hamilton at 330 West 145th Street (Credit: StreetEasy)

Stuck-up co-op boards are hell-bent on surviving the global health crisis, by whatever means necessary.

From New York to Palm Beach, Florida, co-op boards are instituting new rules aimed to keep their buildings free of the coronavirus — closing pools, banning personal staff, cracking down on social gatherings — and even suing those who break the rules.

In one 76-unit Harlem building in New York City, a co-op board sued a trombonist who is on faculty at Columbia University for violating its new coronavirus rules. The board accused Mike Seltzer of sneaking unallowed guests into his unit, making loud noises under the influence of drugs and disregarding the building’s cleaning protocols, the New York Post reported.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Manhattan Supreme Court, claims Seltzer’s behavior is “propagating COVID-19 … placing the life and safety of the building’s residents, some of whom are elderly or who have underlying health conditions, in grave danger of serious injury and death.”

In response to the coronavirus, other co-ops have fired all but the doorman, leaving the sole remaining staff person to swab down packages, deliver food to doors and even flush toilets to keep the plumbing running in units where owners have fled.

Some co-ops are not allowing workers deemed essential by the state — such as movers — to enter. With a ban on move-ins and move-outs, some owners are now stranded.

“I sold an apartment to a client on Fifth Avenue and they are literally not letting anyone but owners enter the building,” Philip Scheinfeld, a broker at Compass, told the Post. [NYP] — Georgia Kromrei


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
The National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index reached a record high for the second consecutive month in October 2020. (iStock)

Building up: Homebuilder confidence hits new highs

Building up: Homebuilder confidence hits new highs
Guo Wengui and the Sherry-Netherland penthouse at 781 Fifth Avenue (Photos via Wikipedia Commons; Getty Images and Douglas Elliman)

Ensconced in the penthouse and entangled in lawsuits

Ensconced in the penthouse and entangled in lawsuits
San Francisco and New York (iStock)

San Francisco rents continued unprecedented slide

San Francisco rents continued unprecedented slide
107 Chambers Street and Allison and Frederick Thompson (Google Maps, Tribeca Health & Fitness) 

Another fitness studio in Manhattan goes belly-up

Another fitness studio in Manhattan goes belly-up
Starwood Capital CEO Barry Sternlicht, the Chatsworth at 344 West 72nd Street and HFZ Capital chairman Ziel Feldman (Google Maps; Getty)

Starwood suing HFZ for $157M over co-op conversion loan default

Starwood suing HFZ for $157M over co-op conversion loan default
235 West 56th Street with Jonathan Resnick and Richard Ruben (Google Maps)

Richard Ruben accuses Jonathan Resnick of usurping control of Midtown building

Richard Ruben accuses Jonathan Resnick of usurping control of Midtown building
Mahnaz Zahedi pictured with her parents in 1962 (inset) and  444 E Alexander Palm Road (Getty, Zillow)

Iranian princess sells her waterfront Boca Raton home

Iranian princess sells her waterfront Boca Raton home
Rodney Dangerfield and 1118 1st Avenue (Getty)

Dangerfield’s comedy club to close its doors

Dangerfield’s comedy club to close its doors
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...