Category Housing Coop Law

What to do when the EEOC comes knocking?

By Randall A. Pentiuk Has your co-op ever received a charge of employment discrimination? Such charges are often filed by co-op employees after termination. The terminated employee contacts the equal employment opportunity commission EEOC or a state civil rights commission and files a charge. Charges often allege the employer discriminated against employee because of race, […]

The Convict Next Door: New Rules on Convictions affect all Cooperatives

  By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. and Kerry L. Morgan, Esq.   On April 4, 2016, the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a Guidance on the application of the Fair Housing Act to Cooperatives and other housing providers.  The Guidance notes that a greater percentage […]

Wyandotte Attorney April E. Knoch selected as a Super Lawyer 2012 Michigan Rising Star

Wyandotte Attorney April E. Knoch selected as a Super Lawyer 2012 Michigan Rising Star Wyandotte, Michigan, September 13 – April Knoch, an Associate Attorney with the Wyandotte firm of Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, has been named to the Michigan Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Michigan for 2012.  Each year, […]

Refinancing Your Mortgage?

By Randall A. Pentiuk & Joseph G. Couvreur, Esq. The refinancing of a cooperative is a expensive and time consuming process. One of the cost associated with refinancing involves the purchase of land survey which is known as an ALTA survey.  Lenders commonly require such a survey. ALTA stands for American Land Title Association and […]

Nightmare on Board Street

By Randall A. Pentiuk & Brittny Harris, Esq. It was a quiet, peaceful community, until residents of a housing cooperative insisted on keeping a pet.  Many housing coops do not allow pets in their units, and advised the members that they could not keep their dog, even though the member had a note from their […]

Avoiding Liability When Selecting Tenants

By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. The federal government recently amplified its pledge to reduce discriminatory practices that limit opportunities for minority groups. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a new rule on March 5, 2012 that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in HUD assisted programs. In addition, the Consumer Financial Protection […]

Urgent National Update for Cooperatives

By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. Unless Congress miraculously acts in a bi-partisan manner, the federal government will be forced to have automatic 8.4% across the board spending cuts beginning January 1, 2013. All government assisted cooperatives should start to plan for the likely event that these cuts become a reality. What HUD will do and […]

Tips To Help Prevent Misappropriation of Cooperative Monies Addendum.

By Randall A. Pentiuk, Esq. To supplement the excellent article by Randall Pentiuk in the April 2011 MAHC Messenger on the above subject, it should also be borne in mind that the backup protection, in the event that the advice provided by Attorney Pentiuk does not work, bearing in mind, no systems are full proof, […]

Living with a Difficult Neighbor?

Lisa Iannucci It’s not necessarily to the degree of the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, the famous mountain clan involved in a decades-long blood feud, but living side-by-side in a co-op or a condo can, needless to say, get pretty heated on occasion. Can’t We All Just Get Along?  While most cooperative and condominiums will, at […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Alteration Agreements

Rosie Powers No one likes it when a neighbor has an ongoing renovation project that lasts for months on end, especially when the renovations may cause damage to your own apartment. Luckily, most buildings have a mechanism in place to fix this: the alteration agreement. Starting the Process When shareholders approach the prospect of a […]