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Helpful articles to aid Management Companies, Board Members, and Housing Cooperative Professionals in handling complex legal issues.
  • Accommodating the Disabled Member
    This article discusses the legal obligation a housing cooperative owes to disabled members who seek changes in the policies or rules of the cooperative because of the member’s medical condition.
  • HUD and Cooperative Mortgage Payoff
    The pros of mortgage payoff and breaking the relationship with HUD are discussed to help give cooperatives a good understanding before deciding to refinance.
  • Insurance Checkup
    Think you can trust your insurance company? Find out why it may be a good idea to do a little leg work and research the insurance company your cooperative pays to protect its interests.
  • Insurance Pitfalls
    Finding the right insurance company is hard enough, but paying for the right coverage is even more difficult. This article will guide your decision and avoid any insurance pitfalls.
  • Knowing Your Governing Documents
    Here, we provide a survey of the governing documents of the cooperative. To fully understand your governing documents, you need to recognize that there is a much larger universe of documents which govern the cooperative.
  • Parliamentary Procedure
    A helpful outline explaining Parliamentary Procedure, Robert’s Rules of Order, and how to implement these often confused  processes into your board meetings.
  • Preserving the Cooperative into the Future
    This article presents strategies to help housing cooperative boards that want to remain a cooperative by taking steps to prevent future boards or memberships from undoing the legacy.
  • Profiles of a Movement: Co-op Housing Around the World
    This article presents strategies to help housing cooperative boards that want to remain a cooperative by taking steps to prevent future boards or memberships from undoing the legacy. Although co-operative housing is widespread and has an impact on the quality of life of millions of people, our housing sector is still relatively little-known.  This joint report represents a first effort to present the history and the current realities of co-operative housing around the world and to achieve our key task of communicating more effectively the work of our members.
  • Refinancing your Mortgage
    Choosing a lender is the very important first step to refinancing. We will give you the other important steps throughout this must read if you are planning on refinancing.
  • Sexual Harassment Employment
    Sexual harassment is an issue which every housing cooperative or managing agent should have a basic familiarity. This article briefly discusses the evolving state of sexual harassment law.
  • The Devil is in the Details
    Sometimes the low bidder is not an established, reputable businessperson which can spell disaster for a housing cooperative. The goal of this article is to encourage boards to be circumspect and knowledgeable in making decisions on bids.
  • Thinking of Refinancing
    If you are thinking of refinancing, here is a list of important questions your board should be asking lenders.
  • Update on Proxies
    HUD, Proxies, Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act = huh?! We explain your options on amending your bylaws.