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the work....” The exception for owners of one and two-family dwellings is known as the “Homeowner Exemption.” One family dwellings has been interpreted by the courts to include co-op apartments. However, the co-op corporation itself can be sued. The same is not true for a Condominium Association. The catch is that these shareholders cannot “direct or control the work.” What that means is open to interpretation of the facts in each case. Shareholders who like to give a lot of orders and are very involved in the dayto-day details of the work in their apartment renovations will fi nd it harder to be let out of or dismissed from such lawsuits, since the Plaintiff will be claiming that they directed and controlled the work. Selecting paint colors is fi ne, but telling workers where to work may not be. That can create issues of fact, which are for the judge or jury to decide. Shareholders who have more traditional roles where they have architects communicating with the contractor and just comment on aesthetic issues will have an easier time being dismissed from lawsuits when the attorneys fi le motions for summary judgment. Activities such as being involved in aesthetic matters, selecting paint colors and the type of wood used for kitchen cabinets are not considered to be directing or controlling the work. It is a question of the degree of the owner’s involvement. However, owners speaking to workers and telling them what to do or allowing them to use ladders may cause a homeowner to remain in the lawsuit. I am frequently consulted by coops, management companies, as well as shareholders and unit owners on these issues, the contracts covering them, as well as litigation arising from them. Sometimes I am consulted before any work begins. This is ideal since there is still time to get things lined up properly. Other times, I am consulted when a problem has occurred and people do not know what to do. So much time, effort and money is being spent on these projects that it is in everyone’s best interest to spend some time consulting with an attorney who is knowledgeable in this area of the law to get some guidance and plan properly. ● 18 index of advertisers/advertisers dot com BLINDS Kent Blinds LLC www.gokentblinds.com..........................................................................................................Inside Back Cover DISPOSERS InSinkErator www.insinkerator.com ...........................................................................................................Inside Front Cover ELEVATOR CONSULTANTS Robinson Elevator www.robinsonelevatorgroup.com ....................................................................................... 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABO Developments - Summer 2013

A Message from ABO Executive Director Dan Margulies
A Resounding Success
ABO Mayoral Forum
Energy Auditing and Retro-Commissioning
The Future of Building Façade Inspection
Legal Issues for Renovations by R esidents
Index of Advertisers

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