10:15am - 11:15am, Room 1
Amending the Lease and By-laws vs. Passing House Rules - How Smart Boards Govern
Sponsored by: Smith, Buss & Jacobs LLP
Even the most capable board can get tripped up around how to exercise its authority to regulate trust and LLC transfers, charging fees for leasing apartments, imposing fines and late fees, requiring residents to carry insurance - even everyday quality of life issues like smoking within apartments can be challenging. Do these matters require a formal amendment to a community’s proprietary lease or by-laws, or can they be addressed with a new or updated house rule? This panel of legal experts will discuss all this and more, giving your board invaluable information you can put into immediate practice.
11:15am - 12:15pm, Room 2
Going Up -Legal Considerations in an Inflationary Environment
Sponsored by: Kagan Lubic Lepper Finkelstein & Gold LLP
Jack E. Lepper- Managing Partner, Kagan Lubic Lepper Finkelstein & Gold, LLP
Adam D. Finkelstein- Partner, Kagan Lubic Lepper Finkelstein & Gold, LLP
Denise C. Sagua- Partner, Kagan Lubic Lepper Finkelstein & Gold, LLP
In the ongoing climate of escalated prices and supply delays, this seminar will offer an attorney’s perspective and advice for co-ops and condos regarding general preparedness, potential pitfalls, and financial, operational, construction and management strategies for how to best position your building to survive and even thrive in a challenging landscape. Panelists will focus on legal considerations for putting together a clear, intelligent plan to combat the impact of inflation on your community and its residents.
12:15pm - 1:15pm, Room 1
Making Solar Work for Your Building—Cost Savings, Economic Incentives, Local Law Compliance, & Cleaner, Greener Energy
Sponsored by: Best Energy Power
Speaker: Ronnie Mandler - Owner/President, Best Energy Power"
Many co-op and condo boards are exploring solar as a potential source of energy for their buildings. This enlightening conversation will explain how solar works, break down the costs involved—as well as incentive and subsidy programs and financing options—and decode the ROI equation for boards and residents to help your building save on operating costs. Importantly, it will also explain the new Local Laws 92, 94, and 97, which require buildings over 25,000 square feet to have solar on the roof, and how the laws apply to co-ops and condos. This conversation will address any concerns you may have for going green by going solar.
1:15pm - 2:15pm, Room 2
Enhancing the Resident Experience: Hospitality Coaching for Building Staff & Property Managers
Presented by: FirstService Residential
Marc Kotler, Senior Vice President, New Development Group
Jeffrey Poirot, Vice President, New Development Group
Aziz Bendriss, General Manager, 53W53
Len Czarnecki, General Manager, 432 Park
Hospitality is more than a hashtag – it’s a philosophy of service that cultivates a culture of comfort and trust. In this informative panel discussion, management leaders from 53W53, 432 Park Avenue, The Plaza Condominiums and The Beekman Residences will share how they create personalized resident experiences and maintain staff morale, explain the value of hospitality coaching programs for building staff, and discuss how their service standards can be replicated in all building types – from ultra-luxury to market-rate. Together, these leaders offer a century of experience enhancing resident lifestyle, property reputation, and curb appeal for boards and building owners.
2:15pm - 3:15pm, Room 2
Structuring Your Co-Op’s Underlying Mortgage In A Rising Rate Environment
Sponsored by: Meridian Capital Group
When it comes to customizable financing options for co-ops, today’s lending landscape is more diverse than ever before. The array of options for structuring an underlying mortgage to meet your community’s unique needs and long-term objectives is truly unprecedented. Come find out how your board can collaborate with financial advisors to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation mortgage market!
3:15pm - 4:15pm, Room 2
Reasonable Accommodation & Discrimination Complaints – Avoiding Them, Addressing Them, & Beating Them
Sponsored by: Schneider Buchel LLP
Speaker: Marc H. Schneider, Esq.
Nearly every building and managing agent has either faced a discrimination complaint over a reasonable accommodation request, or will face one eventually - whether over a pet in a no-pets building, the installation of a handicap access ramp, or some other resident request. Navigating the law and the ethical issues around these requests can be tricky, and can potentially expose the board, management, and individual board members to liability if not handled properly. This discussion will clarify what the law actually requires, how to handle accommodation requests to minimize complaints, and what to do if your board is on the receiving end of a discrimination claim.