Cooperative Housing Blog

NAHC’s Cooperative Housing Blog addresses hot topics for professionals in the housing cooperative industry. Legal issues, governance, development, tax tips and more are all up for discussion. Stand with NAHC at the forefront of cooperative housing issues to keep the conversation going!

Hoarding Is A Disability: Handle Cautiously

by Herbert H. Fisher and Alyssa Gunsorek, Esq. | October 3, 2019 | Other Cooperative Topics

Housing cooperatives have occasionally, like the rest of the housing industry, encountered the health and safety hazard created by hoarding. The built-in reaction has been “Clean up the mess or get out.” But, wait a moment, not so fast. As early as 1960, an appellate court concluded that hoarding was the product of other mental […]

Don’t Just Trim the Trees — Managing Your Cooperative’s Urban Forest

by Matt Russell | October 3, 2019 | Developing Your Cooperative

Whether you’re the manager of a four-plex with two trees or the on-site manager of a housing cooperative with 10,000 of them, you, my friend, are responsible for managing an urban forest. An urban forest could best be described as a forest or collection of trees that grow within a city, town or suburb. In […]

Names Give Life to Cooperative Spirit in Owendale, New Harmony Communities

by Andy Furillo | October 3, 2019 | Community

“New Harmony” is what they called it, and nearly a thousand people lived there at the peak of its popularity in 1825, on the banks of the Wabash River in southwestern Ind., where visionaries from all over the world gathered to experiment in the ideals of cooperative living. Nothing at New Harmony was more important […]

Housing Cooperatives are Shining Examples of Community

by Fred Gibbs | October 3, 2019 | Community

The Concept of cooperative community living has produced self-sustaining communities. A community can be defined as, “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common goals for maintaining a living environment.” Even brief attention to most news outlets can leave one with the feeling that the fabric of America is being ripped […]

Elevator Safety: Deadline Looming for NYC Condominiums, Cooperatives

by Kiara Candelaria | October 3, 2019 | Safety

Condominiums and cooperatives in New York City have until Jan. 1 to comply with a safety regulation from the city’s Department of Buildings that requires installation of door-lock monitoring systems to prevent an elevator from moving if the doors are not fully closed, The New York Times reports. This safety regulation, adopted in 2014, was […]

Cooperative Housing Blog

NAHC’s Cooperative Housing Blog addresses hot topics for professionals in the housing cooperative industry. Legal issues, governance, development, tax tips and more are all up for discussion. Stand with NAHC at the forefront of cooperative housing issues to keep the conversation going!

Hoarding Is A Disability: Handle Cautiously

by Herbert H. Fisher and Alyssa Gunsorek, Esq. | October 3, 2019 | Other Cooperative Topics

Housing cooperatives have occasionally, like the rest of the housing industry, encountered the health and safety hazard created by hoarding. The built-in reaction has been “Clean up the mess or get out.” But, wait a moment, not so fast. As early as 1960, an appellate court concluded that hoarding was the product of other mental […]

Don’t Just Trim the Trees — Managing Your Cooperative’s Urban Forest

by Matt Russell | October 3, 2019 | Developing Your Cooperative

Whether you’re the manager of a four-plex with two trees or the on-site manager of a housing cooperative with 10,000 of them, you, my friend, are responsible for managing an urban forest. An urban forest could best be described as a forest or collection of trees that grow within a city, town or suburb. In […]

Names Give Life to Cooperative Spirit in Owendale, New Harmony Communities

by Andy Furillo | October 3, 2019 | Community

“New Harmony” is what they called it, and nearly a thousand people lived there at the peak of its popularity in 1825, on the banks of the Wabash River in southwestern Ind., where visionaries from all over the world gathered to experiment in the ideals of cooperative living. Nothing at New Harmony was more important […]

Housing Cooperatives are Shining Examples of Community

by Fred Gibbs | October 3, 2019 | Community

The Concept of cooperative community living has produced self-sustaining communities. A community can be defined as, “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common goals for maintaining a living environment.” Even brief attention to most news outlets can leave one with the feeling that the fabric of America is being ripped […]

Elevator Safety: Deadline Looming for NYC Condominiums, Cooperatives

by Kiara Candelaria | October 3, 2019 | Safety

Condominiums and cooperatives in New York City have until Jan. 1 to comply with a safety regulation from the city’s Department of Buildings that requires installation of door-lock monitoring systems to prevent an elevator from moving if the doors are not fully closed, The New York Times reports. This safety regulation, adopted in 2014, was […]