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!

Policy Bites: Why Cooperatives Should Adopt Ethics and Confidentiality Agreements for their Board of Directors.

by Matthew T. Nicols | November 19, 2019 | Legal Advice

Many of us already know that housing cooperatives are made up of the entire membership. By this token, cooperatives are inherently diverse. Since a cooperative’s Board of Directors typically consists of a group of members elected by the entire membership, its Directors are usually equally diverse and important as the entire membership that makes up […]

Representing Your Housing Cooperative on the Board of Directors

by April Knoch | November 14, 2019 | Legal Advice

Shaping Your Public Image One of the most important tenets of any corporation is its public image and its members’ perception of how the individual responsible for managing a corporation acts outside of the board room. The perception goes beyond financial reports, spreadsheets, annual meetings and regular board business. Perception is also shaped by how […]

Why You Should Include Your Attorney in the RFP Process

by Creighton Gallup | November 14, 2019 | Legal Advice

We look at relationships between the Cooperative and the management agent similar to the context of marriage. We all hope things will last forever, but if the percentages are anything like actual marriages these days, the odds are things won’t always work out. In those instances, the cooperative lawyer needs to get you back in […]

“But I’m allergic to your emotional support dog!”  What’s a Cooperative Board to Do?

by Kerry L. Morgan | November 14, 2019 | Legal Advice

I Have A Right to My Assistance Animal. It has been years since HUD announced rules defining assistance animals and imposing upon housing providers the duty to accommodate members who request assistance animals in order to overcome their disability.  The typical approach is that either the Board or a special committee chosen by the Board […]

Insurance and Indemnity Provisions in Cooperative Management Agreements: Not Your Typical Boilerplate Language

by Alyssa Gunsorek | November 13, 2019 | Legal Advice

The Management Agreement between a cooperative and a management agent outlines the contractual obligations and expectations between the cooperative and the management agent. These contractual obligations define the duties and responsibilities of the management agent for the management and operation of the cooperative. It also provides for the duties and responsibilities of the cooperative corporation, […]

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!

Policy Bites: Why Cooperatives Should Adopt Ethics and Confidentiality Agreements for their Board of Directors.

by Matthew T. Nicols | November 19, 2019 | Legal Advice

Many of us already know that housing cooperatives are made up of the entire membership. By this token, cooperatives are inherently diverse. Since a cooperative’s Board of Directors typically consists of a group of members elected by the entire membership, its Directors are usually equally diverse and important as the entire membership that makes up […]

Representing Your Housing Cooperative on the Board of Directors

by April Knoch | November 14, 2019 | Legal Advice

Shaping Your Public Image One of the most important tenets of any corporation is its public image and its members’ perception of how the individual responsible for managing a corporation acts outside of the board room. The perception goes beyond financial reports, spreadsheets, annual meetings and regular board business. Perception is also shaped by how […]

Why You Should Include Your Attorney in the RFP Process

by Creighton Gallup | November 14, 2019 | Legal Advice

We look at relationships between the Cooperative and the management agent similar to the context of marriage. We all hope things will last forever, but if the percentages are anything like actual marriages these days, the odds are things won’t always work out. In those instances, the cooperative lawyer needs to get you back in […]

“But I’m allergic to your emotional support dog!”  What’s a Cooperative Board to Do?

by Kerry L. Morgan | November 14, 2019 | Legal Advice

I Have A Right to My Assistance Animal. It has been years since HUD announced rules defining assistance animals and imposing upon housing providers the duty to accommodate members who request assistance animals in order to overcome their disability.  The typical approach is that either the Board or a special committee chosen by the Board […]

Insurance and Indemnity Provisions in Cooperative Management Agreements: Not Your Typical Boilerplate Language

by Alyssa Gunsorek | November 13, 2019 | Legal Advice

The Management Agreement between a cooperative and a management agent outlines the contractual obligations and expectations between the cooperative and the management agent. These contractual obligations define the duties and responsibilities of the management agent for the management and operation of the cooperative. It also provides for the duties and responsibilities of the cooperative corporation, […]