Attorneys at Law

Practice Areas

Cooperatives, Condominiums and Homeowners Associations

Barton represents over 50 cooperative, condominium and homeowners associations throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, Nassau and Putnam Counties. Cooperatives, condominiums and homeowners associations have many similarities, but also have some important differences. Barton has experience and expertise to provide legal services tailored to each of their specific needs.

The legal services we provide and the areas of practice related to our cooperative clients include the following:

  • Negotiating and closing underlying mortgage refinancings
  • Drafting and revising proprietary leases, by-laws and house rules
  • Shareholder and board election protocol and disputes
  • Defense of board members in litigation initiated by shareholders
  • Landlord-tenant proceedings regarding quality of life issues and non-payment of maintenance
  • Disputes with sponsors regarding the sale of apartments
  • Drafting and revising construction contracts and vendor agreements
  • Act as transfer agent for lease and share transfers
  • Ensure compliance with applicable HPD rules and regulations for HDFC and Mitchell-Lama clients
  • Real estate tax certiorari proceedings

 
The legal services we provide and the areas of practice related to our condominium clients include the following:

  • Negotiating and closing capital improvement loans
  • Drafting and revising declarations, by-laws and house rules
  • Unit owner and board election protocol and disputes
  • Defense of board members in litigation initiated by unit owners
  • Collection of common charge arrears including related bankruptcy litigation
  • Sponsor construction litigation
  • Represent condominiums in bank foreclosures in order to ensure entitlement to surplus monies
  • Drafting and revising construction contracts and vendor agreements
  • Real estate tax certiorari proceedings

 
The legal services we provide and the areas of practice related to our homeowners association clients include the following:

  • Drafting and revising declarations, by-laws and house rules
  • Board election protocol and disputes
  • Defense of board members in litigation initiated by home owners
  • Collection of assessment arrears
  • Drafting and revising construction contracts and vendor agreements
  • Represent associations in bank foreclosures in order to ensure entitlement to surplus monies
  • Real estate tax certiorari proceedings