do you need coo-op board approval to make modifications to the interior of your apartment in Manhattan? tear down a wall, new floor, etc.?

Asked by Michael Patrick Morris, New York Wed Aug 14, 2013

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Elena Ravich,…, Agent, New York City, NY
Thu Aug 15, 2013
some cosmetic renovations, like painting the walls, may not require a board approval but tearing down a wall and new floors will definitely require a board approval. Each coop has its own form alteration agreement that has to be signed before any work begins, it specifies in what time/days of the week work can be performed, then either the management company or an owner has to send notice to tenants about upcoming renovation and possible noise, etc... Each coo has its own rules how they handle renovation and what specific steps need to be taken prior. You best source of information would be your property manager.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Thu Aug 15, 2013
Consider asking management the question beforehand...
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Belal Mohd, Agent, Rego Park, NY
Wed Aug 14, 2013
One more thing. Besides board permission, your contractor may have to get NYC DOB permit for certain plumbing, electrical and structural work.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Wed Aug 14, 2013
Anything structural, electrical, and plumbing will all need board approval. They also want the work to be done during specific hours and with licensed/insured service providers.

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Jackie Tolko…, Agent, New York, NY
Wed Aug 14, 2013
All work must be approved by the Board; this usually takes place with a privately scheduled meeting of the board members. All architectural plans, permits must be issued and approved, contractor scheduling coordinated with the building management and super, elevators secured and booked ahead of time, etc., etc.; some buildings only allow cvertain type of work to take place in the summer months so as not to disrupt the ebb and flow of the building owners, what with nannies and children and strollers etc; it all depends on the building. Additionally, dumpsters have to be stationed outside the building along with ancillary permits issued by the Sanitation Department so as to ensure that contstruction detritus and debris is hauled off in a timely manner as well as ensure that parking is available. Licensed contractors only inlcuding plumbers, painters, etc. Before embarking on any kind of work, you should check out the terms of your Proprietary Lease with the help of your real estate attorney to make sure you are covered in terms of any liabilities.
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Charlie Summ…, Agent, New York, NY
Wed Aug 14, 2013
Yes you do. Aside from other things they will need to determine that any walls you remove are not structural
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Tony Grech, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Southfield, MI
Wed Aug 14, 2013
This is almost certainly a YES. Those are major modifications outside of just cosmetic stuff like paint, new carpet, or a bathroom update. You'll need to check with your board to find out their specific guidelines and requirements because every one is different
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Adina Greenb…, Agent, NY,
Wed Aug 14, 2013
Yes, you do. The board needs to see that you work with a licensed contractor with insurance.
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