I want to sell my apartment. How do I do that?

Start by giving your board of directors official notice of your intent to sell. You should ask your board of directors for resale guidelines, price chart (if applicable), cooperative application, and income guidelines. If your HDFC has a Regulatory Agreement, your sale must follow its requirements.  Alternatively, your sale will be required to follow any procedures imposed by HPD and/or the NYC Council at the time it occurs.  This may include a lottery similar to the ones advertised in the Metro and AM New York newspapers.  Please see our guide to resale for more detailed information.

Need help selling a vacant unit? UHAB can help.

UHAB can help you market vacant units and connect to qualified buyers.

We also have a lending program, Homeownership Lending, that can help prospective buyers finance their purchase.
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Guide to Resale Policies

Learn what your governing documents have to say about selling apartments, and how to create your own resale policy.

Who Owns the Apartment? Dealing With Spouses, Roommates, and Children

Your co-op’s legal documents allow you to pass on ownership of your unit to a spouse, child, or non-relative.

2020 Area Median Income Guidelines

What do income limits mean, how are they determined, and what are the income guidelines for 2020?

Can I add a relative to my share?

The short answer is probably. Your HDFC board cannot unreasonably deny your request if it meets certain criteria.

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My board isn’t having meetings and refuses to allow me to view books and records. What do I do?

Your HDFC’s bylaws specify the board’s responsibility to hold meetings and release records.

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No one new wants to run for the board. What do we do?

Board turnover is essential for a healthy co-op. It prevents burnout for long-time board members, and ensures lots of people have the skills to keep the co-op running.

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What repairs am I responsible for as a shareholder?

As a general guideline, shareholders are responsible for repairs within their apartments, while the co-op as an entity is responsible for building systems like heating; common spaces like lobbies; and tenants’ apartments.

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I can’t pay my maintenance fee. What resources are available to me?

You can ask for a payment agreement, which can give you extra time to come up with your maintenance fee.

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Why does the Board keep raising the maintenance?

Regular maintenance fee increases are essential to your co-op’s financial heath. A 2% annual increase is mandatory in most HDFCs with Regulatory Agreements.

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Our HDFC is in financial trouble. What are our options?

The first step is to understand what’s causing the financial hardship. Be sure to pinpoint the issue and make a plan for long-term financial viability.

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How do I deal with a noisy neighbor?

Communication is a key first step. Make sure you put your issue in writing and deliver it to the board. Once you officially make a complaint, the board has a fiduciary duty to address it.

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We need to evict a shareholder. How do we do that?

Eviction is a last step after you’ve communicated with the resident, met with them, offered payment agreements, and referred them to resources.

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Why do I have to give my HDFC money back when I sell?

For HDFCs to remain physically and financially viable in the long term, they must build up a healthy reserve account.

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