The Human Factor in Capital-Improvement Budgets

Habitat magazine

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Deborah Koplovitz is quoted in Habitat magazine regarding legal minefields for co-op boards.  When budgeting for major capital improvements, boards must take into account not only the cost of doing the work and how to pay for it – but also the cost of accommodating residents with special needs. Failure to do so can lead to costly lawsuits. According to Deborah, "recent cases where elevator shutdowns sparked legal action from disabled residents. In one case, a disabled resident asked to be relocated to temporary accommodations while the building’s lone elevator was out of service. The request was declined, and the resident took out a temporary restraining order. The court ruled that the project could not proceed until the resident was relocated. ... They had to relocate him and pay a portion of his legal fees.” 

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