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Q & A: When a Live-in Superintendent Is a Requirement

By Adam Leitman Bailey


By: Jay Romano

October 20th, 2009

Q: Is there a New York City law that a co-op building must have a specific number of units to necessitate a live-in superintendent?

A: Dov Treiman, a Manhattan real estate lawyer, said that under the New York City Administrative Code, any building with nine or more units must have a “janitorial service” or super either in the building or within one block or 200 feet of the building. The janitor or service must be available by telephone 24 hours a day.

Mr. Treiman added that a single super or janitor is not deemed capable of serving a building or complex with more than 65 apartments. In such a case, at least one additional super or janitor must be employed and at least one of them must live in the building or close by.

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.

NEW YORK REAL ESTATE ATTORNEYS