Eva Talel and Richard Siegler ()
A frequently asked question by boards and co-op apartment owners is whether a co-op corporation can be converted to a condominium. While this question has likely been asked since 1964, when New York adopted a Condominium Act1 permitting condominium entities to be created, it is now being asked with greater urgency—as the condominium form of development and ownership has become more prevalent in New York and co-op apartment owners perceive significant benefits to be had from condominium versus co-op ownership. These perceived benefits include: enhanced apartment values (as much as 20 percent, based on empirical studies2); and greater flexibility in transfers, leasing and apartment financing (which in most condominiums, unlike in co-ops, requires no board approval).
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