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Condominium & Cooperative Owner Shareholder Representation

As one of New York’s premier real estate litigation firms, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has participated and prevailed in some of the most important condominium and cooperative cases of the new millennium, winning landmark determinations in numerous published and unpublished decisions on novel legal issues. The firm’s attorneys’ impressive success record in hundreds of trials, places the firm’s performance among the best in the profession. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.’s attorneys have won over a thousand cases in housing court, including over 250 appellate court cases, many at New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals. Besides participating in some of the most important housing decisions during the past decade, our attorneys have written some 90 books on housing law, including encyclopedias and the Housing Court Reporter, a thirty year collection, organization, and analysis of over 50,000 housing cases relied on by most regular housing court practitioners and judges.

The firm’s shareholder and unit owner representation has led to its clients thanking it for being “heroes for the underdogs,” “available anytime and anywhere,” and “accomplishing in one day what our previous lawyer could not accomplish in one month.” Other clients praised Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.’s work by saying that their “matter was handled seamlessly,” that “if it wasn’t for you, we’d probably have lost this house,” and that “your attention to detail and absolute availability to questions and concerns made me feel very much in control and confident through the process.” For groups of owners and shareholders, this past decade Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has won more high profile and prominent cases than any other cooperative and condominium law firm including:

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    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Prevents Eviction of Tenant and Wins Damages and Attorney Fees Using Federal Law Discrimination Statute: Feldman v. The Cryder House, Inc.

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Prevents Eviction of Tenant and Wins Damages and Attorney Fees Using Federal Law Discrimination Statute: Feldman v. The Cryder House, Inc.

    MEMORANDUM SUPREME COURT : QUEENS COUNTY By: MARTIN J. SCHULMAN, J.S.C.   STUART FELDMAN, CLARA FELDMAN and JEROME FELDMAN, Plaintiffs, · – against- THE CRYDER HOUSE, INC., Defendant   TSP INDEX NO.; 16570/2006 MOTION DATE: 9/6/11 SEQ. NO.: 3 DATED: 11/16/11   This motion and cross-motion which seek an order confirming in part, and rejecting in part, the Report of Judicial Hearing Officer James P. Dollard dated March 30, 2011 is decided as follows: Plaintiff Stuart Feldman is the owner...

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    Anonymous v. 812 Fifth Avenue

    Anonymous v. 812 Fifth Avenue

    New York Law Journal

    DECISION Anonymous v. 812 Fifth Avenue, Defendants, 112418/09 Supreme Court, New York County, Part 2 Contracts New York Law Journal | 04-25-2011 Justice Louis B. York Decided: April 7, 2011 Decision/Order On or about March 3, 2009, Plaintiff Anonymous (“Plaintiff”), a Turkish citizen and resident, entered into an agreement with 812 Fifth Ave (“Defendant”) to purchase the lease and shares for a condominium apartment located at 812 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Pursuant to the purchase agreement Plaintiff put a down...

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    Pullman, Six Months Out

    Pullman, Six Months Out

    The Cooperator

    By: Hannah Fons October 1st, 2003 Examining the Decision in Theory and in Practice In May, in a decision that has confused – and alarmed – some New York co-op shareholders, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that co-op boards had the right to apply the business judgment rule to vote so-called “objectionable tenants”out of their buildings for ongoing, objectionable behavior. As reported in The Cooperator’s June 2003 edition, the court’s ruling provides that co-op boards can terminate the...

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    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Works with Attorney General’s Office to Enforce $11 Million Judgment and with the Department of Buildings to Obtain a Certificate of Occupancy For the Building

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Works with Attorney General’s Office to Enforce $11 Million Judgment and with the Department of Buildings to Obtain a Certificate of Occupancy For the Building

    The owners of 72 condominium units situated in four attached condominium buildings located in an up and coming section of Brooklyn came to us in late February 2007, after having been represented by two prior law firms. They had entered into a settlement agreement that eliminated any right to commence suit against the sponsor of the four buildings. Investigation of this matter revealed that the buildings needed over nine million dollars in remediation to the building exterior, interior and mechanicals....

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    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Prevails Against Trump Soho on Fraud Claims; Settlement Provides Millions of Dollars to Clients

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Prevails Against Trump Soho on Fraud Claims; Settlement Provides Millions of Dollars to Clients

    The New York Post

    “They cried “fraud!” — and now, a bunch of well-heeled apartment hunters will get a staggering 90 percent of their deposits back on posh pads they intended to buy at the troubled Trump SoHo condo-hotel because they relied on the developers’ “deceptive” sales figures.  In a federal lawsuit settled yesterday, woulda-been buyers of 10 condos — including former French soccer star Olivier Dacourt — will get back 90 percent of $3.16 million (Not part of settlement total number is $5.197)...

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The firm’s creative and aggressive advocacy on behalf of owners and shareholders in cooperatives and condominiums has been applied to:

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    Pullman, Six Months Out

    Pullman, Six Months Out

    The Cooperator

    By: Hannah Fons October 1st, 2003 Examining the Decision in Theory and in Practice In May, in a decision that has confused – and alarmed – some New York co-op shareholders, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that co-op boards had the right to apply the business judgment rule to vote so-called “objectionable tenants”out of their buildings for ongoing, objectionable behavior. As reported in The Cooperator’s June 2003 edition, the court’s ruling provides that co-op boards can terminate the...

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    Common Sense Trumps Greed: Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Secures Injunction to Prevent Vote to Terminate the Proprietary Lease of a Thirty-Year-Old Shareholder

    Common Sense Trumps Greed: Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Secures Injunction to Prevent Vote to Terminate the Proprietary Lease of a Thirty-Year-Old Shareholder

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. was tasked with saving the cooperative apartment of a shareholder who has occupied it for more than three decades. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.’s client lives in a small four-unit cooperative. A few years ago, a limited liability company run by real estate speculators bought two units in the building on the representation that they would merely rent the units. Soon thereafter, they had succeeded in buying out the third-floor unit owner. Now, in effective control of...

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    Advising Condominiums, Cooperatives and Landlords on Smoking Issues Afflicting Buildings

    Advising Condominiums, Cooperatives and Landlords on Smoking Issues Afflicting Buildings

    Table of Contents Outline of Issues Concerning Smoking Letter on behalf of board to smoking tenants Letter on behalf of building to prevent smoking nuisance Letter on behalf of building where smoking is illegal in common areas Engineering report on behalf of board showing no tobacco smoke odor or need for conduct to ameliorate smoking Letter on behalf of shareholder Engineering report finding remedial work to seal penetration is necessary Blumberg lease provisions regarding smoking Lease for a rental of...

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    Laws Versus Rules: You Need to Know the Difference

    Laws Versus Rules: You Need to Know the Difference

    The Cooperator

    By: Raanan Geberer March, 2013 New York’s co-ops and condos are both governed by a multitude of laws and rules… Sometimes, laws that are enacted that mandate change can cause conflict with co-ops and condos that are used to doing things a certain way. For example, the Fair Housing Amendments Act mandates that a multiple dwelling with a parking lot must provide reasonable accommodations for disabled people who drive, and not to do so entails discrimination. This was the background...

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    The Sound and the Fury: Noise in Rentals, Co-ops and Condos

    The Sound and the Fury: Noise in Rentals, Co-ops and Condos

    New York Law Journal

    June 8, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and Dov Treiman As New York City experiences ever denser housing, the problems of noise resound ever more clearly. The noise has gotten louder for many reasons. First more families have chosen to reside in this city and one of the loudest and unrepresented group of violators has been screaming children. Second, newly constructed buildings are built with more glass and less insulation and other materials that would block the noise making—thus, noise...

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    The Rules for Allowing Pets in ‘No-Pet’ Buildings

    The Rules for Allowing Pets in ‘No-Pet’ Buildings

    New York Law Journal

    April 13th, 2016 By Adam Leitman Bailey and John M. Desiderio When determining whether an owner’s pet qualifies for admittance in a “no-pet” building, cooperatives and condominiums must be extremely careful to follow the federal, state, and city fair housing laws governing how far a board can go when investigating and denying an animal’s entrance. Federal prosecutors in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York have been particularly aggressive in enforcing anti-discrimination laws against landlords and housing complexes that...

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    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Successfully Defends Noise Nuisance Litigation, Compels Plaintiffs to Withdraw Case

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Successfully Defends Noise Nuisance Litigation, Compels Plaintiffs to Withdraw Case

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. prevailed for its clients in noise nuisance litigation, compelling the plaintiffs to withdraw their case with prejudice, and without the clients being required to pay even a dime. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. represented the owners of a full-floor, combined unit in a condominium building located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The plaintiffs, owners of the unit one floor below, filed suit in Supreme Court, New York County, alleging that the clients were responsible for making unreasonable...

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    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Saves Pit Bull from Eviction Despite Attack on Neighbor’s Dog

    Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Saves Pit Bull from Eviction Despite Attack on Neighbor’s Dog

    A mix-breed pit bull ran out its door and took a bite at a small dog known for spending time making cancer survivors feel better. Turned out the “bite” was only a scratch and no stitches – only an animal Band-Aid – were needed. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.’s client even offered to pay for the visit to the veterinarian. Also, this was the client’s dog’s first “bite.” Reviewing the minutes of meetings or board meeting summaries, the board of this...

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    Lawrence C. Sullivan v. the Board of Managers of the Chelsea Brownstone Condominium

    Lawrence C. Sullivan v. the Board of Managers of the Chelsea Brownstone Condominium

    CIVIL COURT OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF NEW YORK: HOUSING PART BIndex No. 6106/2019 DECISION/ORDER ————————————————————— X LAWRENCE C. SULLIVAN, Petitioner, -against- THE BOARD OF MANAGERS OF THE CHELSEA BROWNSTONE CONDOMINIUM, et al., Respondents.————————————————————— X Present: Hon. Jack Stoller Judge, Housing Court Recitation, as required by CPLR §2219(a), of the papers considered in the review of this motion. ——————————————————————— Papers NumberedNotice of Motion and Supplemental Affidavit Annexed……………1, 2 Notice of Cross-Motion and Supplemental Affidavit Annexed 3, 4...

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  • New Home Sweet Home for Disabled Man

    New Home Sweet Home for Disabled Man

    New York Daily News

    By: Lore Croghan April 23rd, 2006 THERE’S A HAPPY ENDING in sight for a disabled Holocaust survivor who has been living as a virtual prisoner in his Brooklyn home. After two years of legal wrangling, tomorrow Chaim Indig, who uses a wheelchair, is set to move into a handicapped-accessible co-op in Premier House – a luxury Midwood building whose board initially had turned him away. “He indicated he’s excited about the move,” said his daughter, Shevie Sinensky, who must speak for...

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The firm’s successes have led to the highest honors and awards from the bar and ranking organizations. Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. is the only law firm in New York City with cooperative housing practice attorneys named by the internationally esteemed Chambers & Partners among “New York’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers.” Chambers & Partners noted that Adam Leitman Bailey makes his “debut in the rankings following enthusiastic praise for his expertise in housing litigation,” and hailed him as a “tenacious and confident litigator who is quick-witted in court and respected by the judges.” Chambers & Partners noted that Adam Leitman Bailey is “an extraordinary practitioner who gets great results” quoting a client on his “ability to anticipate things before they happen.”

In addition, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. is the only cooperative condominium law firm with under 30 attorneys that has received and AV® Martindale-Hubbell rating, Super Lawyers honors and selection into the Registry of Preeminent Lawyers. In addition, the firm’s success as cooperative and condominium general counsel earned the firm recognition in “Who’s Who in Real Estate” by Habitat Magazine and selection into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Real Estate Weekly noted that “Adam Leitman Bailey has made a name for himself with his success winning cases in the courtroom,” and that he is famous for his “condominium representation.” The New York Real Estate Journal declared Adam Leitman Bailey to be “one of New York’s best real estate attorneys.” The New York Times praised his “novel” strategy in one case and remarked that in another “Bailey fought on… grinding through excruciating detail and obscure Perry Mason moments.” After Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. used a forgotten statute to prevail in a landmark federal case, The Wall Street Journal quoted a prominent New York developer’s attorney calling the holding a “game changer” affecting real estate nationwide. Dateline NBC referred to Adam Leitman Bailey as “aggressive, tenacious and smart” in asking him to share his negotiating strategies on its nationally syndicated television program.

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